Last week, while I was parking my car at my doctor’s office, I was surprised to see a sign for “Preferred Parking for Electric or Hybrid Vehicles.” There were 5-6 parking spaces close to the building entrance that were so designated. I first hesitated to park in the spaces even though I drive a Toyota Camry Hybrid because the spaces were all empty.
Upon further research, I discovered that building owners get points toward LEED certification from the US Green Building Council if they designate a certain proportion of their parking spaces as preferred parking for hybrid or electric cars.
Personally, I don’t feel like I should have a priority parking space unless I have a physical disability that makes it hard to walk. But it looks like preferred parking for electric or hybrid cars is on the upswing as LEED certification becomes more common.