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Grand Canyon National Park Switches On New Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
October 1, 2019
The National Park Foundation, National Park Service, and the Department of Energy partnered with BMW of North America to donate 100 EV charging stations for locations in and near national parks.
Electric vehicle (EV) destination travelers can add Grand Canyon National Park to their list. Six EV charging stations are available for visitors to use at Maswik North, Canyon Village Market and Yavapai Lodge. Three additional charging stations were installed for National Park Service (NPS) and partner staff members to use at the park headquarters and Xanterra general offices.
The National Park Foundation, NPS and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) partnered with BMW of North America to donate 100 EV charging stations for locations in and near national parks. This project kicked off in April 2017 with the first electric vehicle charging stations installed at Thomas Edison National Historical Park.
"We are excited to offer this service to visitors and are grateful to our supporting partners. This project supports our goals for energy conservation and clean air,'' said Acting Park Superintendent Woody Smeck.
The availability of this option offers more public access for EV destination travel and assists in reducing air pollution in parks and gateway communities. Five additional EV charging stations were installed as part of this program, two in the gateway community of Tusayan at the Grand Hotel and three at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel in Williams.
"The automobile has long been central to the great American vacation in national parks," said National Park Service Deputy Director P. Daniel Smith. "While our treasured landscapes offer familiar vistas time after time, the automobile has changed greatly, and parks want to meet the needs of our visitors who use electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Through this joint effort between BMW of North America, the Department of Energy, and the National Park Foundation electric vehicle drivers will have more places to charge the car while recharging themselves with nature and parks."
The DOE's Vehicle Technologies Office provides technical assistance that supports innovative energy saving transportation projects at national park sites. These projects educate visitors on the benefits of advanced and alternative fuel vehicles, which contributes towards the National Park Service in meeting their energy, economic, and environmental goals. The benefits of these projects have the opportunity to reach far beyond the boundaries of the national parks.
About The National Park Service
More than 20,000 NPS employees care for America's 419 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit us at http://www.nps.gov, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
About The National Park Foundation
The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America's national parks and nonprofit partner to the NPS. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help protect more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts and connect all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history. Find out more and become a part of the national park community at http://www.nationalparks.org.
About The Department Of Energy
The DOE's Vehicle Technologies Office supports a broad portfolio of early-stage research and works directly with its nationwide network of Clean Cities coalitions to enable the widespread use of alternative fuels and energy efficient technologies that reduce transportation energy use and costs for businesses and consumers.
Note:The year, Grand Canyon National Park celebrates 100 years since its designation as a national park. To prepare for the next century of stewardship, we hope to inspire future generations to experience, connect with, and protect Grand Canyon's unique resources. Join the celebration at go.nps.gov/grandcanyoncentennial or on social media with #GrandCanyon100.