U.S. national parks have been employing EV charging stations for drivers to have a place to stop and charge. Tourists going on road trips can struggle with range anxiety when driving electric vehicles. The national park service now has an interactive map that shows EV charging stations within the parks. This map was built by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The map will make it easier for EV drivers to plan their road trips in advance by planning their route around the national parks around the EV charging stations. It also shows the national parks across the entire country, using various filters you can find the EV charging stations located at your destination. The filters can specify what type of charging station is needed, types of connectors and which park it needs to be in, and if there are privately owned stations nearby.
The National Park Service (NPS) has been working on their sustainability initiatives since 2012 with their Green Parks Plan (GPP). The GPP has enacted plans to reduce the effects of climate change and environmental impacts on the parks across the country. National parks are home to elaborate ecosystems of plants and animals, some of which are already endangered species.
For long distance travelers, range anxiety is a main reason some don’t want to make the switch to electric vehicles. EVs tend to have different ranges depending on the make and model of the car. Automakers are working on building newer and better batteries to increase EV range in vehicles. The federal government is also doing their part to end range anxiety with the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Program. The main goal of the NEVI program is to have EV charging stations along U.S. interstates every 50 miles for electric vehicles to have somewhere to charge.