Nissan LEAF Chevrolet Volt charging Memorial Medical Center parking garage Springfield Illinois

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This is the first time I actually found electric cars charging inside the Memorial Medical Center parking garage in Springfield Illinois. I’m wondering who talked the hospital into installing the PEP level 2 charging stations? None of the current new construction around the property or recent building additions include environmentally friendly power sources. No solar, wind and as far as I’m aware no geothermal. Definitely can’t find a green roof. Plenty of mechanicals on those roofs.

It is nice to see the charging stations getting use. That will hopefully mean they will stay in position and not get taken away. Unfortunately it is almost impossible to know when this parking garage is open to the public. Supposedly it is open to patients and visitors. Yet on multiple visits at different times the gate arms have been down – making it look like the garage has restricted access.

At 5AM we had to park in non covered parking in front of the hospital because the garage looked closed to the general public. Even though all of the first level parking has signs stating patients only parking. After a two day stay our car was extremely hot after baking in the Sun. Would have been slightly cooler parked in the garage.

The silver Nissan LEAF was there the day before. It was not charging that day either – I’d assume maybe it is an employee who parks there. You’d think they would still want to “top off” the batteries each day. Wednesday was the first time I had ever seen this car.

Could that white LEAF be the one I thought I saw on Toronto Road and couldn’t catch to record? Even if it isn’t – I can now add to my Illinois EL license plate collection. That white Nissan LEAF is 382 EL.

So far I have also recorded 226 EL, 228 EL, 229 EL, 518 EL, 531 EL and now 382.

The Chevy Volt and Nissan LEAF are slowly becoming more numerous in the Springfield Illinois area.

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