Through a Clean Cities National Parks Initiative, Yellowstone-Teton Clean Energy Coalition (YTCEC) has partnered with both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks to secure over $200,000 in funding to add a plug-in hybrid electric car to their fleets and install six public electric vehicle charging stations. Both parks will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and their petroleum use by operating these clean fuel vehicles, and visitors driving through the parks in a plug-in electric car will now have the ability to charge at several locations.
The Clean Cities National Parks Initiative will demonstrate the viability of using electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids within the Greater Yellowstone Area, and establish a hub for the region’s electric vehicle infrastructure network. The initiative’s next phase will be to encourage gateway communities to install charging stations. Jackson, Wyoming has taken the lead with four charging stations recently installed.
As the regional designee of the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program, YTCEC worked with both national parks to identify and submit a request for funding. Executive Director Alicia Cox stated, “This project serves as a testament to the benefits of the Clean Cities National Parks Initiative and our Coalition’s capacity to establish partnerships and the support necessary to encourage use of alternative fuel vehicles across the Greater Yellowstone region.”
“Across the country, our national parks are making more sustainable transportation options available to their staff and visitors alike,” added Cox. “This project provides the foundation necessary to build a region-wide electric vehicle charging infrastructure within the Greater Yellowstone area, allowing for longer trips through the region in an electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.”
Source: National Park Service