Car pollution is a major contributor of carbon emissions both in the U.S. and worldwide, which has prompted many individuals to abandon their traditional cars for electric vehicles. According to EVAdoption, 86.9% of all EV charging stations nationwide are available to the public, making it easier for EV drivers to charge their cars at work, home, and on the go.
EV Charging is Necessary at National Parks
Like many people, you may have gone on a road trip this summer to visit one of America’s beautiful national or state parks. You may have taken your car to see the protected lands and spend time in unspoiled nature. However, not all National Parks are truly unspoiled. According to the Center for American Progress, passenger vehicle emissions account for 40% of emissions that originate in these protected areas. So while these parks are safeguarded from certain environmental and human harm, they are still vulnerable to pollution from the millions of gasoline vehicles that visit each year.
That’s why many state and national parks are now promoting electric car adoption and EV charging stations within their perimeters. Increasing EV usage promotes the conservation message of the National Parks system, but many parks still have a limited number of electric vehicle charging stations available to visitors. Because these parks are often located in remote areas, offering more electric car charging stations within or near the parks can help more families and tourists make the trip in a zero emissions vehicle.
Availability of Charging Stations is Increasing
Over the past several years, public and private partnerships have worked together to increase charging station availability. As we outlined in a previous post, you can visit the Grand Canyon, go to the Everglades, or see Death Valley without having to worry about finding a convenient location to charge your EV. In Yellowstone National Park and up to 100 other locations in national parks and surrounding communities, EV charging stations have become available thanks to a partnership between BMW North America, National Park Service, National Park Foundation, and the US Department of Energy. Legislators in Michigan have also recently introduced a set of bipartisan bills in the House and Senate that, if passed, would permit the state to install EV stations in state parks and park-and-ride lots in order to expand EV infrastructure statewide.
Installing EV chargers at US State and National Parks can go a long way in promoting green travel and tourism. But in order to support electric vehicle charging accessibility across the country, everyone needs to do their part. To learn more about adding electric vehicle charging stations at your business, please contact us today.
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