Michigan’s scenic beauty will serve as a backdrop for new electric vehicle charging station options at state parks

The scenic Lake Michigan shoreline and other areas of northern Lower Michigan will become more accessible to electric vehicle users this summer with the installation of electric vehicle charging stations at select Michigan state parks.

From Warren Dunes State Park in the southwest corner of the Lower Peninsula, north to beautiful state park destinations in Holland and Grand Haven, Ludington, Orchard Beach, Leelanau and Petoskey on the shore of the Lake Michigan and additional points inland, an estimated total of 30 charging stations are expected to be installed starting in June and continuing through the summer.

“This ability to connect some of our state parks to electric vehicle travelers will provide a win-win situation for both parties,” said Ron Olson, chief of the parks and recreation division of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. . “The improvement will undoubtedly increase the number of visitors to these parks, while providing convenience and significantly increasing the range for EV motorists.”

The rollout of accessible stations across the state is happening in phases. Upper Peninsula State Parks are expected to be part of the second phase, ideally next year.

The facility will be the latest EV development after Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s administration announced the development of a Lake Michigan EV Tour in 2021, part of an ongoing effort to use green technologies statewide. , including solar-powered equipment, carbon sequestration and numerous efficiencies.

“MNR continues to seek innovative ways to sustainably manage our public lands and facilities,” said Scott Whitcomb, director of MNR’s Office of Public Lands. “Whether it’s cultivating public/private partnerships to deploy electric vehicle charging in state parks or installing solar panels in our offices, DNR is committed to being part of the solution that leads to a cleaner environment.”

The installation of the electric vehicle charging stations will also revisit a historic collaboration between Michigan State Parks and the automotive industry.

From the 1920s, cars became an increasingly popular form of transportation. This was especially important to the development of the park as people began to travel by car to state parks.

After World War II, when the number of car owners increased even further, the interstate highway system brought people, cars, and parks closer together than ever before. The impact of this accessible road network on the parks has been significant.

The changes were evident in national road maps. In 1919, the state legislature authorized the Department of Highways to issue and sell a tourist map. In 1922, this map included state parks. In 1923, the map also contained information on recreational sites, campsites and ferry schedules.

The popularity of cars and parks grew in cooperation. In 1922, Michigan’s state parks received a total of nearly a quarter million visitors, but by 1930 a 40-fold increase had occurred with more than 8 million people visiting state parks that that year.

Michigan was also one of the first states to introduce roadside parks and recreation areas. Electric vehicle charging stations at state parks will help both partners head into a bright future.

“As the transition to a future of electrified mobility continues to accelerate, innovative initiatives like these are essential to ensure that electric vehicles can be more easily integrated into our daily lives, wherever you go. you’re in the state,” said Trevor Pawl, director of mobility at Michigan’s Office of Future Mobility and Electrification. “By identifying creative partnerships and opportunities, we are making meaningful progress in creating a safer, more equitable, and environmentally responsible transportation future for all Michiganders.”

The tentative list of facilities includes two electric vehicle charging stations in Warren Dunes (Berrien County), PJ Hoffmaster (Muskegon County), Charles Mears (Oceana County), Ludington (Mason County), Orchard Beach (County de Manistee), Leelanau (Leelanau County), Young (Charlevoix County), Petoskey (Emmet County), Wilderness (Emmet County), and Interlochen (Grand Traverse County), four stations each at state parks Holland and Grand Haven, both in Ottawa County, and two stations at the Oden State Hatchery in Emmet County.

As Michigan continues to welcome travelers to the state, increased access to electric vehicle charging stations is one way to continue attracting new leisure travelers to the state.

With tourism being one of the industries hardest hit by the impacts of COVID-19, the Lake Michigan Electric Circuit is building on the continued success of the state’s Pure Michigan campaign to help the industry recover. providing an exciting ecotourism attraction and reducing self-sufficiency anxiety for outings. state visitors from population centers along Lake Michigan, such as Chicago and Milwaukee.

“These electric vehicle charging stations are a great way to encourage sustainable travel in our state, while sharing the incredible beauty and recreation offered by our world-class state parks here in Michigan,” said Dave. Lorenz, vice president of Travel Michigan, which is part of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. “As we encourage travelers to ‘Pursue Their Pure’ this summer, ensuring easy and reliable access to electric vehicle charging helps us continue to share these incredible opportunities with new travelers, without range anxiety.”

The National Park Service recently joined the State of Michigan in announcing an innovation partnership to promote accessibility to national parks across the state. Each park will provide an environment to pilot emerging mobility technologies that will help make the country’s national parks safer, fairer and more accessible.

At the national level, similar efforts are also underway with the installation of electric vehicle charging stations in scenic, cultural and civic destinations.

Note to editors: An accompanying photo is available below for download. Caption information follows. Credit: Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Sunset: A beautiful orange sunset behind the Grand Haven State Park Lighthouse and Breakwater is shown.

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