Staff and patients now have the option to plug-in their electric vehicles (EV), as Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) rolls out the largest installation of EV charging stations in the province at Richmond Hospital. As part of our commitment to reducing our emissions and supporting projects that provide environmental health benefits to our staff and our communities, the project will see a total of 30 electric vehicle charging stations installed in the Richmond Hospital parkade. The installation will be rolled-out in phases starting April 21 with six EV stalls and increasing capacity based on feedback and demand.
One of the main drivers for this project is to reduce emissions from our staff and patient transportation, and to reduce traffic-related air pollution exposure in our communities. The VCH Public Health team has identified that traffic-related air pollution is linked to asthma, lung cancer, and cardiovascular disease, in addition to a range of other pregnancy, development, and mental health outcomes. This is an emissions reduction project with a clear preventative health outcome.
To prevent the future health impacts expected from climate change we need to quickly and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Electrifying light-duty on-road transportation is one of the faster regional transitions we can achieve with significant impact.
This project has had a positive response and has initiated an EV site assessment across VCH’s main health campuses to support a regional Active and Clean Transportation Strategy. In addition to focusing on clean transportation options, through low carbon electrification, VCH promotes other means of environmentally friendly and healthy active transportation options that are continually being addressed including cycling infrastructure, carpooling coordination, and public transport options.