Rex Healthcare Unveils Two Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at Main Hospital
Partnership with Progress Energy Carolinas is Latest Sustainability Effort at Rex
Contact: Alan M. Wolf
RALEIGH, N.C. – Electric vehicle drivers who visit Rex Healthcare now can leave with a little more juice. Rex is proud to be one of the first hospitals in North Carolina to provide plug-in vehicle charging stations for visitors and co-workers.
The free stations are located on the ground floor of Rex's parking deck, located near the hospital's Main Entrance on 4420 Lake Boone Trail in Raleigh. Progress Energy Carolinas installed the stations as part of its commercial charging station research program.
"Rex is excited to be able to offer these complimentary charging stations in conjunction with Progress Energy Carolinas," said Chad Lefteris, Rex's vice president of support services. "These stations add to a long list of sustainability efforts at Rex. We strive to raise awareness and serve as an example for the community when it comes to energy conservation."
Green initiatives are not new to Rex; the Triangle Business Journal has recognized Rex for sustainable efforts with a Green Award. A team of Rex co-workers known as the "Green Champions" meets regularly to brainstorm about potential green initiatives, including improving recycling programs and reducing water consumption. Some visitors and co-workers have asked about charging stations, and demand is expected to climb as more electric vehicles are on the roads.
The 240-volt circuit charging stations at Rex are capable of providing 10 to 20 additional miles of electric range per hour of charging and can charge a plug-in electric vehicle three to five times faster than a typical 120-volt outlet. Progress Energy Carolinas has now provided 28 public-access charging stations across the state, and the insights gained will be useful in planning for the large-scale adoption of PEVs.
Data collected from stations will help the utility evaluate charging needs outside the home, impact on the grid and the costs and issues associated with installing public-access charging stations. The program is partly funded through a smart grid grant from the U.S. Department of Energy as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Ownership and maintenance responsibilities for the charging equipment will transfer to Rex at the conclusion of the research project in April 2013.
Visitors to Rex can learn more about the hospital, including information about its free parking, at rexhealth.com/visitors.