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Thursday, April 20, 2017

National Parks To Get EV Charging Stations

Above, a Sinclair gasoline pump at Yellowstone National Park. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Charging stations for electric vehicles (EV) will be installed at 100 locations in U.S. national parks.

According to The Drive:
BMW is teaming up with the National Park Service and the Department of Energy to expand America’s EV charging network. Out of America’s 417 national parks, up to 100 new charging stations are going to be installed. BMW says these stations will be compatible with every electric car sold in America. 
Ludwig Willisch, the head of BMW Group Region Americas said in a press conference, “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the next 100 years of both the BMW Group and National Park Service than by making America’s national parks more accessible to drivers of electric vehicles.”

Specific sites are still to be determined. They will be taking a look at all 417 national parks and figure out where charging stations "make the most sense."

I would guess that Yellowstone National Park would be a logical national park to have charging stations, considering its size and that it has gasoline stations (Sinclair Oil Co.) in the park. Another park, Grand Canyon National Park, would be another logical choice for the same reasons.

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