With patients finding it difficult to get their car charged, it is clear that hospitals are struggling to settle on an EV strategy that works. To help, Asif Ghafoor, chief executive of Manchester-based charging network Be.EV, explores the common pitfalls to avoid
Electric vehicle charging points are becoming more commonplace within hospital sites, but must be specified correctly for maximum benefit
The issue with the cheaper EV chargers is that they simply can't charge fast enough.
The average lamppost charger powers a car at 3kW an hour, meaning your modern car can take up to 12 hours to fully charge.
In three years time, hospitals will be replacing them with faster models, or switching them off because they aren’t used.
They are not futureproof, they are just clutter, and you are wasting your time installing them.
Hospitals should consider how long visitors spend on their premises, and provide chargers that make sense.
Rather than installing the cheapest available, managers should consider all the options and figure out the best for their visitors.
They should be building charger hubs where people can fit charging their EV into their lifestyle.
While at a routine check-up visitors should be able to charge without worrying about overstaying, or their car not being charged enough to drive home.
There is so much ‘wait and see’ with EV charging ports and many hospitals are holding out to see how the EV market plays out.
But the influx of EVs is inevitable and the reality is that nearby businesses will take up all the power, and by 2030 you won’t be able to install charging ports at all.
A hospital’s focus should be on building something that people actually want to use.
Keep the charging experience streamlined and drivers will be more appreciative.
Hospitals should provide clear signage on proper charging etiquette, and get regular maintenance to ensure chargers are working properly.
These small additions will go a long way with drivers, keeping complaints low, and freeing up already-stretched staff.