BMW i3 Electric Car steering wheel
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The project is complete. It sees installation of 100 electric vehicle charging stations in and near national parks, enabling travel by electric vehicles to national parks across the country. 

A BMW i3 electric vehicle at Thomas Edison’s Glenmont Garage at Thomas Edison National Historical Park in West Orange, NJ. Photo Credit: David Rose for BMW of North America. (07/2019)

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – July 08, 2019… The BMW Group today announced the successful completion of its project, in partnership with the National Park Foundation, National Park Service, and Department of Energy, to donate 100 electric vehicle charging stations in and near to national parks throughout the United States. Additionally, to date, more than 90 of the charging stations have been installed, with the remainder on course to open this month.

“We can’t think of a better way to enjoy the summer than visiting one of America’s beautiful national parks. In making electric vehicle charging more widely available for everyone, this joint effort serves to make America’s national parks more accessible to drivers of electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles,” said Bernhard Kuhnt, president and CEO, BMW of North America.

“Thanks to public-private partnership, electric vehicle drivers can enjoy a quintessential national park road trip,” said Will Shafroth, president of the National Park Foundation. “Not only will drivers benefit, but also the businesses and communities at the doorstep of our treasured national parks.” 

In conclusion and when identifying site locations, the team considered factors such as proximity and strength of EV markets. That’s as well assistance from nearby charging locations.

Also natural and cultural landscape considerations. The Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office has also provided technical assistance. All that supports innovative energy saving transportation projects at national park sites. These projects moreover educate visitors. That’s on the benefits of advanced and alternative fuel vehicles and can help the National Park Service meet their energy, economic, and environmental goals. The benefits of these projects have the opportunity to reach far beyond the boundaries of the national parks.

“The automobile has long been central to the great American vacation in national parks,” said National Park Service Deputy Director P. Daniel Smith.

In conclusion, he added that our treasured landscapes offer familiar vistas time after time. Yet the automobile has also changed greatly. So parks want to meet the needs of our visitors who electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. That’s why this partnership is with BMW, the Department of Energy and the National Park Foundation. Because it offers electric car drivers a place to charge the car. Finally and while recharging themselves with nature and parks.

Source: BMW Group in America

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