ROCKVILLE, Md.—The National Institutes of Health Federal Credit Union is launching a pilot program allowing NIH commuters who own electric vehicles to charge their cars while at work. The $562-million CU is underwriting the cost of the energy use in an effort to help reduce fossil fuel consumption and pollution.

NIHFCU currently has six electric vehicle charging stations, with four spaces located in the National Institutes of Health's Clicnical Center garage and two spaces in its ML_-6 and MLP-7 parking garages. The stations are supported by the parking staff there. The charging stations will be free of charge for commuters for the duration of the pilot, which is anticipated to run through the end of this year. The CU's core sponsor, NIH, plans ot open charging stations at other locations around the Bethesda, Md., campus in the future by allowing commuters to pay for the energy their cars use to recharge.

"The NIHFCU is delighted to support the National Institutes of Health and its commitment to healthy living and environmental causes," said Juli Anne Callis, NIHFCU President and CEO. "By helping to provide NIH commuters with a convenient means of charging their electric cars during the day, the credit union is pleased to give back to healthcare and biomedical professionals by simplifying their busy lives while improving energy conservation."

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