Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) is rolling out the largest electric vehicle (EV) charger station in British Columbia. Staff and patients will soon be able to plug in to 30 EV chargers at the Richmond Hospital.
As part of VCHs commitment to reduce their emissions and support projects that provide environmental health benefits, the project will be rolled out in phases. The first phase of 6 EV chargers opened yesterday, just in time for Earth Day.
“This past year has put a big focus on our overall health as a community and the steps we can take to minimize health impacts. Supporting the growth of electric vehicles in B.C. is one way we can do that. By making it easier for our staff and our patients to choose EVs, we also help them reduce their carbon emissions—making our air cleaner for all of us,” said Ashok Mishra, Director, Richmond Hospital Redevelopment.
The EV chargers are located on the ground floor of the Richmond Hospital parkade. They are currently free to use, and operate on a first-come first-served basis. VCH encourages users to follow these etiquette tips, adding that they will be monitored by parking attendants to ensure they are being followed.
Take only what you need. Once you’ve powered up, please move your vehicle to a non-EV charging station stall.
Don’t park in an EV charging stall if you don’t need a charge. Only use the EV charging stalls when you really need a charge in order to get to your next destination.
Put the cord away when you’re finished. Help us keep the station neat and tidy.
Don’t unplug others. If there are no stations available, check the PlugShare website for the closest available station.
If you’re not charging, don’t block the charger. Only EVs in need of a charge are permitted in the designated parking stalls.