Petition Calls For Charging Stations In National Parks … Brilliant!




Yosemite National Park, California (Image Credit: flickr via Michael Kemper)

U.S. National Parks and electric vehicle charging is a marriage made in heaven.

What better place to promote green-friendliness and offer a sanctuary to charge your EV than at a National Park? It would surely give us something to look at and enjoy while our car’s are juicing up. To top it off, less tailpipe emissions to dirty the beautiful facade, or hinder the animals … not to mention helping to keep the peace and quiet.

How amazing would it be if we could charge our EVs at any U.S. National Park? has created a petition to send to Michael T. Reynolds, Director of the National Parks Service. The petition already made its onto Reddit, and is gaining popularity quickly. Once the petition reaches 5,000 signatures, it will be on its way. At the moment, there are already over 4,000 signatures. We can hit the goal here at InsideEVs in a matter of hours.

Whether you currently drive an EV or not, or don’t even have regular access to a nearby National Park, signing the petition is a wonderful idea. You can follow the link at the bottom to add your name and help with this worthy cause.

Below is the entire text from the petition:

For over 100 years, the National Parks have awed America with their beauty and the splendor of their wildlife. Wolves howling in Yellowstone’s valleys framed by a cascading waterfall. Rock climbers on El Capitan, hanging precariously over Yosemite’s valley floor. These are iconic scenes known the world over. National Parks give us an introduction to the wild places still left in America. A chance to explore, to learn and grow as human beings. With the guidance of the National Park Service we learn how to be respectful in our stewardship and minimize our impact, preserving the experience for the next visitor, and the next. Some come to connect with their families, some to get away and unplug. This can be a foundational and life changing experience and is increasingly important in our time.

National Parks are by their nature remote. This means that internal combustion engine vehicles are often required to visit. This goes against the National Park Service teachings of minimizing our environmental impact by packing out trash and staying on trails. These transportation emissions negatively impact the environment, human health and reduce our enjoyment of these spaces with idling engine fumes and exhaust. This is why it is paramount to install public charging stations for electric vehicles in ALL National Parks, so that everyone can enjoy the parks in their full splendor and be able to visit these wonderful places without contributing to the global crisis of carbon emissions.

Wide scale adoption of electric vehicles is around the corner and high on the agenda for managing the planet’s climate intelligently. This is aligned with the National Parks Service message of reducing our environmental impact in the parks and with their partnership in the Clean Cities Initiative. It is also prudent, preparing the National Parks for future visitors, who will not only leave no trace while hiking in the backcountry, but will also leave the air clean and carbon free.

Please join me in urging the National Park Service Deputy Director of Operations to install public charging stations in All National Parks!

Griffiths and the National Park Service could not be reached for comment.

Source: via Teslarati, hat tip to Jill Hubbard!

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28 Comments on " Petition Calls For Charging Stations In National Parks … Brilliant!"

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Sounds nice, but, considering the current administration’s priorities, I don’t expect anything to come of it.


Trump needs to get some good press, this would be a cheap way to do it.

Bill Williams

Electrify Amaerica already has plans to put D.C. Fast charging on Highway 395 which in logical as you need to get to Yosemite and Mamoth. The administration really didn’t help or hurt. VW and local efforts will keep this progress moving.


You need that to get to Yosemite from nowheresville.

From civilization you just come in from the West.


Certainly agree, as I am Canadian I would like to find out if there is a Canadian equivalent. Every US citizen on this website should sign this petition. A few days ago I sharply criticized a UK government plan to mandate EV chargers at all gas stations as the wrong place, if these UK politicians want to appear green, then they should follow this plan.

Daniel Fearns

Hi Roy. A very belated Happy Canada Day. If you take a look at and search Ambleside UK you will see that our Lake District National Park has 2 Level 3 Chargers and 7 Level 2 Chargers. Also, if search Dolgellau the Snowdonia National Park has 13 Level 2 Chargers. I can’t find a UK National Park that doesn’t have none.


Signed, thanks for posting!

Ron M

That sounds like a great idea. I would like to see all public golf courses have charging stations also and eliminate propane golf carts with batteries and add solar panels to the club house and cart storge shed.


I can’t believe nearly all school buses still run on diesel often spewing emissions right in the school yards.


Not to mention the proven health hazard of exposing students in the buses to diesel fumes, on a daily basis.

I’ve considered it myself. Having taken my EV to Yosemite. It’s 180 miles (approx) drive in from the nearest (non-Tesla) DCFC and back out to charge again. There are AC chargers in Yosemite. But only a few. If you were to drive in knowing you had to charge you’d be a fool. Because the chances you’d get a charging spot are almost zero. You couldn’t get back out the same day or maybe even the next day. So it really has to be DCFCs. And a fair number of them. That’s difficult because National Parks typically don’t have high powered electrical service. There are huge parts of National Parks which don’t have any electricity at all. There are probably entire National Parks which don’t have 50kW total power service. And then there is another problem. When I went to Yosemite the park filled up. By 10:30 there was not a single parking spot to be had in Yosemite Valley. And there were so many cars circling that the only way to get around was the bus system which has its own dedicated lanes. You drove in, parked and took buses all day. But if you came in and tried to… Read more »

Oh, I forgot to add one thing. There is a (relatively) large, organized system of buses used to ferry visitors around Denali. It’s the only way most people get into the park. I’d like to see that electrified. And I know they are talking about it. That could be a good first step toward deploying a similar system at other parks.


I used to go Yosemite every year. No problems getting anywhere but that was more than 10 years ago. Now I avoid it – the Bay Area boom has ruined it. Even Lake Tahoe to some extent. It’s easy to tell – they like to drive slow in the fast lane.

So yea, what’s the point of 1-2 L3 stations if they are not accessible? I’ll stick with my ICE going to parks. The elevation climbs will make your long range EV into short range.


you do realise that what goes up must come down, right? Regen braking? Every single person who has tested EVs up hills has found they recovered a majority of lost range on the way back down.


simplest anti-iceing solution is to put the ev spaces behind a barrier which you need the pre-booked charging ticket to get to.


Just from reading the comments here, it seems to me the only real solution would be to set up dedicated EV parking lots, each with an attendant and a gate to control access. Advance reservations seem like the best way to assign parking priority.

But that’s just my off-the-cuff reaction; perhaps there is a better solution.


I’m with you there Pushy. Putting a gate on each EVSE would be expensive. But if you had many EVSEs (20 or more let’s say) then having a gate in front of them could work out.

I’d still make you get a reservation. But then your reservation info would open the gate and also start the EVSE for you.


unlucky said:

“…National Parks typically don’t have high powered electrical service.”

Yeah, that was about my second thought on this issue.

Parking lots full of EVs charging at L2 chargers need lots of electrical power. DCFC stations need even more! That runs directly contrary to the idea of National Parks being mostly in remote areas far from commercial/industrial levels of power. Running high-tension lines into National Parks just to provide power for EV chargers… that’s a very bad image both for the parks and for EVs.

Eventually, as the EV revolution progresses, every parking place where cars are parked for hours will need to be equipped with a L2 EV charger. But targeting the National Parks for that this early in the EV revolution, before people get used to the idea of it being commonplace… that’s a serious image problem.


They could put the chargers in the ground so they don’t stick up, better aesthetics.


What happens when it rains? The EVSE “holes” will fill up with water. You want to reach down into a water-filled hole to connect to an electrical device?


It is all sealed, does your roof leak?


I don’t care if it’s sealed.

I’m still not going to reach into hole filled with water with high powered electric equipment inside.

Seals don’t last forever. Things kept underwater for a period of time tend to get damp inside.

Tall charging stations are not sealed. Go look at the installation guide for a ChargePoint commercial charger.

Now that you’ve read it (or watched the installation video) you won’t make the mistake of claiming that tall charging stations are sealed again.



Are you talking about wireless charging?

I think eventually the industry will go in that direction, but it wouldn’t help with the current problem detailed in comments here, since (so far as I know) no production EV comes with wireless charging as standard equipment.


Eventually it could be wireless, but for now the boxes are sealed. Even tall charging stations are sealed. Some people worry while others find solutions.


How about a solar/battery solution for bringing power to remote areas?
Drop in units already exist.
Just a thought…


It would take a lot of solar panels to charge a substantial number of cars per day. Even on sunny days.

I would suggest that acres of solar panels would be incompatible with the idea of keeping the parks in a natural state.

Mister G

Not if they are used in parking areas only as covered parking spots.


Sorry, this charging inside the park thing might not work at all if you visit some of the remote parks in the west.

The best way is just to push some major DCFC stations just outside the park around its nearest town where there are electric infrastructures for it and the range for the car to get back to it.

Tesla is trying to do it but it is far from good enough yet. But it is at least doable for a good portions of parks out there.