An Orange County hospital has plugged into the new age of electric, emission-free engines by installing a charging station for electric vehicles on its grounds.
Saddleback Memorial Medical Center recently opened its new self-serve charging station to the public.
Doctors, patients and the public may pull into the parking lot in front of the hospital's emergency room at any time to charge their electric vehicle batteries free. No more smelly gas or dirty hands, as in regular gas stations, just clean electricity.
"We're a community hospital," said Nolan Draney, Saddleback chief operating officer. "We thought this would be an investment in the environment of the community."
Draney said the hospital came up with the idea for the station after one of its doctors bought an electric vehicle known as the EV1. He said that so far cardiologist Richard Caso is the only one to use the station, but he hopes more will follow as the cars become more common.