Drive a Nissan Leaf to see Teddy Roosevelt's "best idea," and save a geyser in the process?

That's probably an exaggeration, but there is some version of that thought process behind the move by some US National Parks to install plug-in vehicle charging stations, says the Huffington Post.

Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park, Utah's Zion National Park and Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountain National Park are among those adding charging stations in a logical move to encourage fuel-free driving through the parks.

In fact, Zion goes one step further by using solar panels to power the charging infrastructure for employee's electric-drive vehicles. Black Bear Solar Institute has provided 24 stations along the Tennessee routes leading to Great Smoky Mountain, which is visited by as many as 10 million people annually.

In all, there were about 14,000 electric-vehicle charging vehicles across the US as of October 31, according to the US Department of Energy.


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      SVX pearlie
      • 7 Months Ago
      Yes, clearly, we need a plug-in charger at the Grand Canyon and 4 Corners...
      Turbo Froggy
      • 7 Months Ago
      What kind of charging stations? L2s? DC Fast Chargers? Doesn't make a lot of sense to install a bunch of L2s when the parks are 100s of miles away from major metropolitan centers. There really needs to be a network of DC Fast chargers to the parks then L2s inside the parks.
        Giza Plateau
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Turbo Froggy
        Either a lot of high current L2s or a couple of fast DC. Or both
      PeterScott
      • 7 Months Ago
      I have been to Zion a couple of times. The last time I was there, they had made sections off limits to cars. You had to take a shuttle. This was at least partially driven by emissions. The Shuttles were running on Propane or NG. I wonder if they let EVs in those car restricted areas.
      bluepongo1
      • 7 Months Ago
      If the U.S.A. optimized the unpopulated deserts with solar tower / steam turbine generators it could probably shut down all other power plants... just sayin'.
      • 7 Months Ago
      Here is an effort to map available EV charging stations: http://google-latlong.blogspot.mx/2011/03/find-electric-vehicle-charging-stations.html Prices of charging stations have dropped, here you can compare the cost of some popular charging stations: http://webosolar.com/store/en/85-ev-charging-stations