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BMW for Nat’l Park EV Chargers – 100?

April 20, 2017 in Electric Drive, EVs, EVSE by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

First is at Thomas Edison National Historical Park in New Jersey

BMW is talking up a new agreement to install as many as 100 electric vehicle chargers in and around America’s national parks. “Calling on the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship of Thomas Edison,” the automaker and partners including the National Park Foundation, the National Park Service, and the U.S. Department of Energy, launched the initiative at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park in West Orange, N.J. this week.

A 2017 BMW i3 battery-electric vehicle plugged into a charging station at Thomas Edison National Historic Park in West Orange, NJ.

The goal is to “help reduce air pollution in parks and gateway communities and allow drivers to channel their inner Thomas Edison as they perhaps choose an electric vehicle for the first time.”

“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the next 100 years of both the BMW Group and National Park Service than by making America’s national parks more accessible to drivers of electric vehicles,” BMW Group Americas chief Ludwig Willisch said in a release.


BMW says that “an integrated team from this public private partnership” will work to identify park locations for additional charging stations. “The team will look at factors such as proximity and strength of EV markets, distance from nearby charging locations, and natural and cultural landscape considerations.”

“Together with our partners, I hope that we can channel a little of Edison’s spirit and, in the same way that he made electric power widely available, make electric vehicle charging more widely available for everyone,” Willisch said.

And while a SemaConnect charger may be seen in the Edison images, “BMW is hardware-agnostic,” a spokeswoman told F&F.

BMW i3 electric vehicle with an electric charging station built by Thomas Edison in 1904

BMW i3 electric vehicle and a 1914 Detroit Electric Model 47 owned by Thomas Edison

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Source BMW USA with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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