North Shore University Hospital nurse Roxana Sherrill, RN, who works at Employee Health Services at the Manhasset, N.Y., facility, was the first person to use the hospitals new electric vehicle charging station.
Sherrill recently powered up her hybrid 2013 Toyota Prius after a grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority allowed NSUH to install a charging station.
The station allows two vehicles at a time to plug in and power up, and accommodates either a completely electric-run vehicle or a hybrid car.
I was motivated to get a hybrid car because it saves me a lot of money on gas commuting to work and Im doing something positive for the environment, Sherrill said in a news release.
Sherrill said she previously owned a minivan and the commute from her home in Babylon to Manhasset is 64 miles round trip, costing her about $400 monthly for gas. Now, with her Prius, Sherrills monthly gas bill is $100.
Ive been waiting for the hospital to install an electric car charger, she said in the release. Its more convenient for me to plug in at my workplace.
As a bonus, Sherrills car has a Clean Pass Vehicle sticker so she can ride in the HOV lane. I save time going to work and home and Im able to spend more time with my family, she said in the release. Its a win-win situation.
The dual charging station features 220-volt outlets, and cars will be able to charge for free for two hours. After that, users will be billed $2 an hour.
Users need to obtain a Charge Point America Charge Pass to access an outlet. The cards serve as debit cards and are accepted at charging stations nationwide.
The NYSERDA grant was facilitated through the Greater Clean Cities Coalition-Long Island and required a residential location, so the electric car charging station was located on NSUHs medical resident housing complex.
Initially, residents, family members and employees in the complex will have access to the charging station, Lisa Burch, director of sustainability and social responsibility at the North Shore-LIJ Health System, said in the release. Our goal is to expand the electric car charging stations at other hospitals and facilities across the health system and encourage employees to consider electric vehicles.
Through the NYSERDA grant, ChargePoint provided the $8,969 electric car charging unit and will reimburse NSUH for up to $6,000 for installation, which was completed by the hospitals engineering staff, the release said.