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Electric Vehicles in Yellowstone

Staff at an electric vehicle charging station at the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel.
Staff at an electric vehicle charging station at the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel.

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The Yellowstone-Teton Clean Energy Coalition sponsored a program to provide plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and electric charging stations for Yellowstone National Park. The grant aims to establish the park as a regional hub for an electric vehicle charging network. The new vehicles reduce greenhouse gas emissions, minimize the park’s petroleum use and demonstrate the usefulness of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles in the region. Electric vehicles charged in the local area could potentially save 7.7 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per vehicle, per day.

This initiative was made possible by the Yellowstone Environmental Coordinating Committee (YECC), comprised of representatives from the NPS, park concessioners, and park partners. The YECC works together to tackle park sustainability needs that require a collaborative approach.

Yellowstone park map identifies EV charging stations with green symbols
Public charging stations in Yellowstone.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Public EV charging stations are now available in a number of park locations. The stations are Level 2, and provide 208/240 volt electric service. Charging takes about 4 hours from empty to full. These provide free power to anyone who brings an electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid to Yellowstone.

  • Yellowstone Forever, the park’s official nonprofit partner, installed one of the public charging stations at their headquarters and retail store at 308 E Park St. Gardiner, Montana 59030.
  • Yellowstone National Park Lodges, the authorized concessioner operating the park’s hotels, has installed a public charging stations near several of the park hotels:
    • Mammoth Hot Springs: In front of the Haynes Photo Shop; and behind the Northwest corner of the Mammoth Hotel.
    • Old Faithful: At the Old Faithful Lodge Cabins (Lower Loop), outside of Showerhouse 1.
    • Canyon Village: In front of both Rhyolite and Washburn lodges.
    • Lake Village: In front of Teal employee dorm.
  • West Entrance/ West Yellowstone MT: The Gray Wolf Inn and Suites, 250 S Canyon St., and the Holiday Inn, 315 W Yellowstone Ave, West Yellowstone, MT 59758. Tesla stations are also located in West Yellowstone.

Electric Vehicles and Hybrids

In addition to public facilities, the program provided electric vehicles and charging stations for National Park Service operations. There are many cases for which plug-in hybrids are appropriate for work in Yellowstone and could reduce our gasoline needs considerably. Yellowstone National Park operates one Chevrolet Volt and one Ford CMax out of Mammoth Hot Springs and Tower Ranger Station, respectively. The vehicles average more than 100 mpg, and have sparked interest in higher-clearance plug-ins for more remote work.

Last updated: July 9, 2019