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(TL;DR: I’m working a fundraiser to make some wanted enhancements to my trailer for the Cost To The Parks mission after which take some regional journeys to point out EV drivers nice spots to keep away from the summer season warmth whereas tenting — you possibly can help this effort at GoFundMe)

I not too long ago acquired again from an extended journey for the Cost to the Parks mission, and it was a tough however profitable journey. We visited three Nationwide Park Service models alongside the best way and gathered intelligence on a number of extra. This helped us to enhance the Nice Smoky Mountains EV journey information, add a brand new information for the Blue Ridge Parkway, and likewise create a brand new information for Scorching Springs Nationwide park.

Alongside the best way, CleanTechnica acquired some nice articles, too. We shared details about an awesome small enterprise in Arkansas that gives EV charging, the enhancing panorama for electrical RV charging, and a brand new charging station manufacturing facility in North Carolina that’s going to have a huge impact on EV charging reliability within the US.

Your help throughout prior months made all this potential!

However, we have to preserve the momentum stepping into July and August, and to try this, we’ll want some extra assist. As an alternative of taking an extended journey throughout the nation, the plan is to repair some weaknesses we recognized on the journey after which take some shorter journeys to parks nearer by to each proceed the trouble and ensure the trailer’s prepared for longer journeys once more sooner or later.

Blazing Trails EV Drivers Can Use To Beat The Warmth

In some locations, the warmest a part of the yr is the perfect time to camp. After a chilly, chilly winter and a cool spring, the most well liked days are when many locations are essentially the most comfy.

However, there are different locations the place the height of summer season is in regards to the worst place on this planet for tenting and different outside actions. Within the desert, individuals say, “It’s a dry warmth,” however so is an oven, and also you don’t wish to be in a kind of. Within the greener japanese US, the warmth isn’t as horrible, however whenever you add stifling humidity and bugs, tenting could be about as dangerous as it could be in Phoenix.

As a result of the lowlands are so depressing, many individuals are as a substitute searching for locations to beat that warmth. It may well nonetheless be good to briefly stroll round a nationwide park within the warmth, nevertheless it’s so much higher if you may get again in your automobile’s air conditioned house after which retreat to the mountains for those who’re tenting.

Throughout the peak of the North American summer season, our plan is to go and see the most well liked parks, however then discover locations the place EV drivers can retreat to for tenting.

Alongside the best way, we’ll share the story on CleanTechnica after which enhance Cost To The Parks EV journey guides. By scouting out and the sharing these nice refuges, we’ll make it simpler for EV drivers to go to extra nationwide parks in the course of the summer season (a time when the youngsters are out of faculty and it’s simpler to get break day!

Journeys We Plan To Take

White Sands Nationwide Park and the Sacramento Rim

  • White Sands is extraordinarily uncomfortable in the summertime
  • The close by Sacramento Mountains make an awesome place to retreat to and camp.
  • Different parks within the area, like Carlsbad Caverns Nationwide park and Guadalupe Mountains Nationwide Park, are additionally in attain for a lot of EVs.
  • We may take one other quick journey for one of many park’s Full Moon Nights.

Saguaro Nationwide Park and Mount Lemmon

  • The Sky Islands of Arizona are smaller and have steeper slopes, however they’re additionally an awesome place to flee the warmth and discover a good place to camp and chill out.
  • Like WSNP, Saguaro Nationwide Park is roasting, however the mountains present an awesome place you possibly can camp.

The Mogollon Rim of Northern Arizona

The Mogollon Rim isn’t a nationwide park, nevertheless it’s an awesome place to beat the warmth and go to the nationwide parks within the area. Parks in attain of the Mogollon Rim embrace:

  • The South Rim of the Grand Canyon
  • Petrified Forest
  • Tonto Nationwide Monument
  • Walnut Canyon
  • Montezuma Fortress
  • Tuzigoot
  • Sundown Crater
  • Wupatki
  • Various state parks

The South Rim’s Grandview Lookout Tower

Throughout the summer season warmth, many individuals select the Grand Canyon’s North Rim over the warmer South Rim, however it may be tough to rise up there in an EV (in any case, there’s a canyon in the best way!). Happily, there’s a much less fashionable spot close to the South Rim that’s about as cool because the North Rim, and it’s free!

Even higher, it’s inside straightforward attain of each Tesla Superchargers and an Electrify America station.

Upgrades We Want To Make To The Trailer To Do These Journeys (& Future Ones)

  • 13″ wheels and tires that gained’t put on out in 1500 miles ($520 for 2 new ones and a spare, put in and with street hazard protection at Low cost Tire)
  • Starlink terminal and two months of service so we are able to submit updates and work remotely the place there’s no mobile service ($800)
  • Fuel struts for the trailer doorways ($100)
  • Supplies so as to add a “boat tail” for effectivity and vary ($100)
  • Cash for 4 days work ($1,000, however we’ll be spending no less than 8-10 days on this!)
  • Cash for charges GoFundMe fees

In complete, all of this comes out to $4962.09

For those who can assist, we’d be very grateful for something you possibly can contribute at GoFundMe. Whether or not you possibly can assist or not, it’s nonetheless extraordinarily useful to share this fundraising drive on social media! Thanks prematurely for any assist you possibly can present!

Featured picture by Jennifer Sensiba.

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