27 National Parks In US Now Have EV Charging Stations, More To Come – Video

MAY 9 2016 BY JAY COLE 5

A recent episode of Motorweek celebrated the 100th anniversary of the US parks services, and its changing regard for the electric vehicle (from the 6:30 mark).

Things Are Changing At US National Parks As They Celebrate 100 Years

Things Are Changing At US National Parks As They Celebrate 100 Years

At all the parks, a new focus has been put on cleaner transportation – whether that be in the employ of alternative fuel transportation for the park employees and patrons, or setting up some 27 parks (and growing) with EV charging stations – in prime locations.

Most of the 27 parks in the EV program have just 1 or 2 stations, but some, like the greater Mississippi National River and Recreation Area already count 11 charge points to serve plug-in vehicles today.

Bonus: ¬†Motorweek also checks out one of the “original” charging stations at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park in New Jersey, which was “designed by Edison himself to power up his personal fleet of electric vehicles”, as well as a look at one of Edison’s early EV conversions.

Motorweek’s coverage of plug-in technology begins from the 6:30 mark of the video above.

Hat tip to ffbj!


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It just so happens that there will be a Spring Tune Up at Edison’s garage at Glenmont this May 19, including a delightful cocktail party. See http://www.foedison.org/your-spring-tune-up.html or https://www.facebook.com/events/1568400790118055/?active_tab=highlights for details

Warning, at least in the case of Acadia National Park in Maine, the stations are strictly reserved for park vehicles. Visitors have no access.

I would not recommend taking any BEV to any National/State park.

Those 1-2 charging sites mentioned? Always hogged by some blasted PiP/Volt. If a Tesla is there, forget-about-it. It’ll be there for hours.

I go to National Parks for holiday. That means I want to enjoy a relaxing trip, not get stressed out over charge anxiety.

Anyways, it is good that there is growing support. The better solution is not for more charging stations in parks, that will stress the limited electrical infrastructure and we don’t want more transmission lines. Better yet, place L3 stations at the main roads leading into the parks. The BEVs can top/up when they go in/out of the parks.

This couldn’t be more welcome–especially for parks like Yellowstone, which are rather large and take multiple days to explore. Quieter EVs = more visible wildlife.

More importantlay, are these charging spots listed on PlugShare? At least that way, users can comment, and at least communicate the status if them! Also, is there a point of contact with phone number to advise of any issues? Are they available 24/7?