In 2017, the National Park Service, National Park Foundation, Department of Energy, and BMW of North America announced a new partnership to celebrate the NPS’s 100th anniversary. Starting with the Thomas Edison National Historic Park, the partnership works to install electric vehicle charging stations at National Parks across the country. This exciting EV charging project keeps the air in protected areas clean, helps slow down climate change, and supports the Parks’ overall goals of preserving natural landscapes for the next 100 years.
From Atlantic to Pacific, NPS is protecting parks, reducing air pollution, and creating a better tomorrow. Here are four National Parks where you can charge your electric vehicle.
Everglades National Park, Florida
One of the largest National Parks, and the largest subtropical wilderness in the US, Everglades National Park protects the wetlands and forests that are home to the endangered species such as the manatee, American crocodile, and Florida panther. You can charge your electric car outside the Flamingo, Shark Valley, and Ernest Coe Visitors Centers.
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Generations of Americans have fond memories of childhood visits to the Grand Canyon. A National Park since 1919, the Grand Canyon is 277 miles long, a mile deep, and attracts more than 5 million visitors every year. If you stay in Grand Canyon Village, you can charge your electric vehicle at Yavapai Lodge or Cliffrose Lodge (pictured above).
Death Valley National Park, California
The hottest, driest, and largest National Park in the lower 48, Death Valley is known for its beautiful mountains, sand dunes, wild animals, wildflowers, and night skies. If you’re staying in Furnace Creek, you can charge your EV at both lodges at The Oasis at Death Valley. Don’t forget: if you’re bringing your EV to Death Valley, you want to get a full charge before heading to any remote areas!
Olympic National Park, Washington
Perhaps you’d rather spend your weekend in the mountains. Olympic National Park is home to Mount Olympus, the Hoh Rainforest, and the Kalaloch coastline. If you’re visiting Olympic National Park, you can charge your EV at a number of places in the area including the Kalaloch, Quinault, and Lake Crescent Lodges.
Today, thanks to the BMW and National Park Service partnership, road trips and visits to remote visitor’s centers are becoming much easier for the EV driver. Before the Centennial Campaign for America’s National Parks EV charging project, it was difficult to visit a National Park with an electric vehicle. Some drivers used to bring their own charging cord from home so they could get a trickle charge from the wall outlet at the rangers station. Now, drivers can use the SemaConnect charging stations to fully recharge during their day hikes! These are just four of the National Parks that have EV charging stations, and there are still more to come.
Are you visiting a National Park soon? Be sure to tag us in your vacation EV charging photos with #HowICharge. Read more about taking a road trip in an electric vehicle.