Normal, Ill. (PRWEB) August 02, 2012
Three new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations are now available for public use in the parking deck at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, 1304 Franklin Avenue, Normal.
The EV charging stations were installed on the second floor of the deck for easy access by the public and protection from the elements.
In keeping with Advocate Health Care's various "green" initiatives, BroMenn is participating in a local community-wide effort to promote electric vehicle technology by providing a charging infrastructure. Dwight Hill, BroMenn’s director of facilities management and chair of the “Green Team” at the hospital, says, “I am very pleased to be one of the first Advocate hospitals to have installed EV charging stations. Their installation is a progressive move which emphasizes BroMenn’s desire to be environmentally conscious.”
The charging stations are available free, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The charging time of each vehicle is dependent upon the vehicle’s on-board charging circuit, the vehicle’s battery size, and the amount of existing charge on the vehicle’s battery. Typically a full charge will be completed within four hours, but the public is welcome to stop in and “top off” their battery if needed, Hill says. BroMenn employees with electric vehicles who work second or third shift may also use the charging stations during their shift.
BroMenn received three out of the ten EV charging stations provided to the community by the Town of Normal, through the town’s participation in the U.S. Department of Energy grant program. Applications were reviewed based on several factors, including the likely number of EV charging customers to be served at the location, plans for additional EV accommodations, and geographic location. Normal is the home to a Mitsubishi Motors manufacturing plant, and the Town government uses several of Mitsubishi's i-MiEV electric vehicles in its fleet.
Hill says time will tell how often the charging stations will be used. “Upward climbing gasoline prices and environmental conditions will continue to push technology for better or less expensive energy alternatives,” he says. “The electric vehicle is new to the market and has to develop a reputation as a reliable, cost effective alternative. If successful, I think we will see the charging stations used more frequently as ownership of electric or hybrid vehicles increases.”