There are very few things in this word that I enjoy more than a road trip through the mountains, so I didn't hesitate when Volkswagen invited us to take their newest SUVs, the Tiguan and Atlas, on a road trip through Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park.
Yellowstone National Park
Old roads, limited funding, heavy traffic, and vulnerable wildlife pose big challenges in the national park.
Toyota has helped install an array of 208 repurposed nickel-metal hydride batteries from Camry Hybrids to power the Lamar Buffalo Ranch at Yellowstone National Park. The system can store 85 kilowatt-hours of energy at a time.
Beginning this fall, used hybrid batteries that would otherwise be recycled will get a second life in Yellowstone National Park. 208 nickel-metal hydride batteries are being retired from the Toyota Camry Hybrids they once helped power and will become part of an off-the-grid energy system at Yellowstone's remote Lamar Buffalo Ranch field campus. The Lamar campus provides field seminars and other education and research in the northeastern corner of the park.
There's something about a road trip that invariably gets me excited. Maybe it's the cultural remains of Manifest Destiny or my own sense of adventure, but each year I, like millions of other Americans, pack my vehicle to the brim with enough supplies to survive a mild nuclear winter and head off across the continent.
Yellowstone National Park's most famous attraction is called "Old Faithful." Now, Michelin says its tires make their own claim to dependability inside the oldest national park in the US. Indeed, the tiremaker has donated more than 1,400 tires to the National Park Service since 2008, enough so that the NPS has saved around $300,000 in annual expenses for its 800-vehicle fleet.