Officials from Saint Peter’s University Hospital and Public Service Electric and Gas Co. marked the completion of a five-station electric vehicle charging system at the New Brunswick, New Jersey hospital.
The Saint Peter’s University Hospital EV charging system is located on the ground floor of the hospital’s CARES parking garage and is part of a PSE&G pilot program designed to help spur the adoption of electric vehicles in the utility’s electric service territory.
As part of the pilot program, Saint Peter’s University Hospital committed to using the five charging stations for staff members who own and drive electric vehicles to the hospital. In return, PSE&G provided the EV charging equipment free-of-charge and the hospital paid for the installation of the units and will pay for ongoing maintenance and electricity costs.
The PSE&G pilot program currently has 25 EV charging stations in service at four customer locations around the state, including Saint Peter’s University Hospital. There are 10 additional charging stations under construction at two other customer sites, and the utility is in discussion with several other customers with the goal of installing 50 individual charging stations at 10 customer locations by the end of 2015.
In addition to providing a convenient charging option for EV drivers, the PSE&G pilot program also allows the utility to collect real-world data about how the chargers are used. This will allow PSE&G to better understand the impact that large-scale EV charging could have on the electric grid, identify areas of potential high-EV charger density and plan for infrastructure upgrades and modifications that may be needed.
This is the third time that PSE&G and Saint Peter’s Healthcare System have partnered to complete innovative energy-related projects. A combined 2.1 megawatt-dc solar system on several various hospital sites around New Brunswick was financed through the utility’s Solar Loan Program and nearly $5 million in energy efficiency improvements were implemented at Saint Peter’s University Hospital through the PSE&G Hospital Efficiency Program.