Honda donates portable generators to assist COVID-19 vaccination sites in 7 states
Though best known for their cars, Honda also has powersports, motorsports, power equipment, and marine offerings that have as much of a reputation for reliability and performance as their autos. The company donated several EG2800i portable electrical generators to state and county health departments to be used to provide on-site power to COVID-19 vaccination clinics in seven states.
The clinics are in Alabama, California, Georgia, Indiana, Ohio, North Carolina, and South Carolina - all locations where Honda has major operations. Honda is working with the governments to provide each state with 10 of the generators. They are being allocated to health departments based on each state's vaccination distribution plan.
Power sources are vital parts of the vaccination process. The portable generators will provide reliable power for lighting and computer usage, as well as refrigerators and freezers critical for maintaining COVID-19 vaccines within manufacturer-recommended temperature ranges.
"We greatly appreciate Honda's generous donation of portable generators that will be used in public health response efforts throughout the state," said Andy Mullins, director of the Alabama Department of Public Health Center for Emergency Preparedness. "In addition to supporting needs such as powering refrigerators and freezers that hold COVID-19 vaccine during power outages, these new units will allow more vaccination clinics to be held in non-traditional settings. For example, the generators may be used for clinics held outdoors in rural and underserved areas to provide broader vaccine coverage for people at high risk."
Weighing less than 67 pounds, the Honda EG2800i is known for operating quietly, delivering high-quality power, being fuel efficient, and running for a long time. It's lightweight and portable. It can power several devices at once including a refrigerator, freezer, furnace blower motor, several lights, microwaves and TVs.
"While we have access to a couple of larger generators, they are big, heavy and loud," said Brad Gilbert, Union County (Ohio) Emergency Management Director. "These Honda generators are perfect, because they are easy to move, load and use, which is very important when we have to use and move them multiple times."
Gilbert added, "We are also adding these to our plans for use in the event that we have to relocate or open additional clinics in large parking areas that have no access to power."
Last year, Honda donated $1 million to food banks in the U.S. as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold.