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SwedishAmerican offers electrical vehicle charging stations
As part of its ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability, the SwedishAmerican Foundation has installed four electric vehicle charging stations on the SwedishAmerican Hospital campus for employee and visitor use.
The stations, which are on the south side of Camelot Tower, can be used at no charge. SwedishAmerican Hospital valets will coordinate use of the stations for hospital guests.
Installation costs, which totaled $28,000, were provided by the SwedishAmerican Foundation; the health system did not utilize operational funds for the project. The foundation also will provide funding for the stations’ ongoing operation. Based on demand, an additional two stations may be added in the future at a cost of approximately $3,000.
“This was the right thing to do,” said SwedishAmerican Foundation CEO John Mecklenburg. “The government has done their part by offering consumers tax incentives to purchase electric vehicles. As one of northern Illinois’ largest organizations, we are making the ownership and operation of electric vehicles more convenient by offering the charging stations to our guests and employees.”
According to a September 2011 report from Boulder, Colo.-based Pike Research, sales of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) are expected to accelerate rapidly over the next several years, posting a compound annual growth rate of 43 percent between 2011 and 2017, with annual sales reaching almost 360,000 vehicles by 2017.
From the Nov. 16-22, 2011, issue