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Half of NHS Trusts have installed electric vehicle charge points

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Around half (51%) of NHS trusts have installed electric vehicle charging infrastructure on their sites for staff, patients and the wider community to use.

A further 43% either plan to install charging facilities on-site within the next five years or are in early stage planning around how best to integrate such capabilities.

 Just 6% had no plans to introduce charge points.

The information came from a Freedom of Information request by power management company Eaton to 173 NHS Foundation Trusts, with 142 responding.

Marc Gaunt, segment lead, commercial buildings, Eaton, said: “Concerns around the UK’s lack of EV charging infrastructure have inhibited EV adoption due to range anxiety.

“Yet EVs and their underlying infrastructure are a vital piece of our route to a low carbon future.

“EVs offer a cleaner mode of transport while smart charging infrastructure not only powers the future of travel but embeds more flexibility into our energy grid to enable decarbonisation at a national level.”

The FOI research also asked the NHS trusts about the impact of EV charge points on their existing electrical infrastructure, and 53% of respondents said they would need greater electrical capacity, while 41% said they may incur additional energy costs through greater peak demand.

Eaton said one-quarter (24%) recognise the potential to create new revenue streams from new charging facilities such as vehicle-to-grid, which allows EVs to store energy and discharge it back to the electricity grid when needed.

This creates a bi-directional relationship that offers up new opportunities for estate and facilities managers.

The FOI found 11% of respondents are currently selling energy back to the grid through energy storage technologies.

One-fifth (23%) plan to start doing this in the next five years, but 65% have no plans to do so.

Gaunt added: “Estate and facilities managers often consider building energy first when considering decarbonisation, but travel and transport is a vital consideration.

“NHS trusts are adopting EV charge points rapidly. Public and commercial buildings will need to follow suit.”

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