As electric vehicles rise in popularity, electronic chargers are becoming more and more ubiquitous. Now, through a partnership between the National Park Foundation, the National Park Service, the Department of Energy, and BMW North America, 100 electric vehicle (EV) chargers are being installed at national parks around the US.
The specific locations were chosen after an analysis of factors like distance to the nearest charger, landscape considerations, and the strength of the local EV market.
The project started in April 2017 with the first electric vehicle charging stations installed at Thomas Edison National Historical Park. Today, 90 of them are to be found in and near national parks throughout the US, from the visitor center of Thomas Edison National Historical Park in New Jersey to the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel in Arizona’s Grand Canyon National Park and Kalaloch Lodge in Washington’s Olympic National Park. For a complete list, check out the tally provided by the National Park Service.
This mass installation will be welcome news for those who frequent national parks, and must contend with the scarcity of EV chargers in such remote locations. These new chargers are intended to encourage drivers to bring clean vehicles to parks.