WIGAN hospitals trust is helping to promote greener motoring by offering parking spaces with electrical charging points.
All of Wrightington Wigan Leigh NHS Foundation Trust’s (WWL) sites now have the charging points which mean owners of electric vehicles can now park up, plug in and charge for free.
Up to eight vehicles at a time can be charged at any one of the four charging units across the WWL’s sites.
Mark Hogan, WWL’s energy environmental manager says the trust was keen to develop the idea of electric car-charging points as part of the drive to create a more sustainable environment.
Mr Hogan said: “There is a huge Government drive to have more electric vehicles on the road to lower the pollutants that are emitted from the exhausts of most common vehicles. By installing the car-chargers, we are playing our part to reduce not just the trust’s carbon footprint, but also the country’s.
“The points are available for anyone to use, 24 hours a day and having them here now is in many ways future-proofing the site, as sales of electric vehicles are predicted to rise sharply in coming years.”
“Our chargers have now joined the Electric Highway – a national network of charge points – making it easier for electric vehicle owners to make long distance journeys. It is hoped that with more charging points being introduced, there will be a reduction in ‘range anxiety’ – the fear of running out of electricity when travelling any serious distances.”
Wigan Council introduced spaces with electric charges at authority-run car parks last year and WWL has followed its lead. David Evans, WWL’s associate director of estates and facilities said: “Sustainability is incredibly important at the trust. The addition of charging points fits with the development of the wider regional electric vehicle infrastructure and our aim to expand healthy transport options.”