Rocky Mountain National Park’s Electrifying Change: Cultivating a Sense of Accessibility

For tourists visiting Estes Park, Colorado, range anxiety is a thing of the past.

The National Park Village, located just outside Rocky Mountain National Park, is a popular stop for visitors visiting the country’s 15th-most visited park in 2022.

According to the Denver Post, businessman Jim Sloan built two electric car charging stations after purchasing the land with his daughter in 2021, and they have since added four fast-charging stations.

“When we acquired the property, we wanted to increase its sustainability, both for us as investors and for my tenants,” Sloan said in an interview with the Post. “My thrust is to accommodate the travelling public visiting the national park and help to overcome their range anxiety.”

The Biden administration is aiming to deploy 500,000 EV chargers around the country, and it believes that by 2030, half of all new vehicles purchased will be electric.

In Colorado, “investor-owned utilities and some rural electric cooperatives are investing in charging equipment,” according to the Denver Post. By 2030, the state hopes to have 940,000 light-duty EVs on the road.

EVs generate no tailpipe emissions that affect the environment or human health. However, the production of them and the batteries they utilise contributes to the heat-trapping gases that blanket the earth. According to Earthjustice, this process is reversed after 18 months of operation.

Another important consideration for EVs is their range. If drivers can’t travel very far with a full battery or have no method to charge a depleted battery, the benefits of EVs are null and void. As a result, the availability of charging stations is critical to the acceptance of this almost century-old method of transportation.

 

 

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