Are RV Parks Our Best Electric Car Charging Network?

RV parks, as it turns out, already have EV-ready, high-output electrical connections. Electric car enthusiasts rejoice?

One big question facing the early adopters of the electric car: Where do I charge the thing? Many cities are working to build a network of charging stations, but it will be years before even the most aggressive efforts result in anything as ubiquitous and convenient as the gas station.

So maybe we repurpose existing facilities in the meantime. RV parks, as it turns out, already have EV-ready, high-output electrical connections, and electric car owners have noticed:

According to the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, six campgrounds north and east of Washington, D.C. and one campground in California have started welcoming EV owners looking to plug into the 50 amp, 240 volt charging stations that provide juice to parked RVs. In just four hours they’re good to go again.


Over at Gas 2.0, Jo Borras pulled up a map of the existing KOA Campgrounds in the United States. The coverage is is pretty good. In fact, this is probably as close to a national high-output charging network as America has.

At the moment, it can take hours to charge an electric car, so if you're going to try to do that on the road, it's nice to be in a place that is more pleasant (if only marginally so) than a gas station or strip mall. This also represents a business opportunity for the RV parks. Wired reports that one park in Greensboro, Maryland charges $8.50 for a four-hour charge. That's a mark-up over the straight electricity costs for the campground, but significantly cheaper than gas. Everybody wins.

The big problem for this idea, of course, is that it is still only practical for people on extended roadtrips who aren't in a rush. As much as I hate to say it, stopping every 200 miles for a four-hour charge just isn't something you can do unless you're on vacation. The RV parks might want to think about branding as well. I'm not sure how much natural overlap there is between the Nissan Leaf market and the RV demographic.

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Fortunately, you can cut down on the amount of waste you produce by cutting down on disposable products. And even more fortunately, there are sustainable (and cute) replacements that won't damage the environment.

Coconut bowls


Who says sustainable can't also be stylish? These cute coconut bowls were handmade using reclaimed coconuts, making each piece one of a kind. Not only are they organic and biodegradable, but they're also durable, in case your dinner parties tend to get out of hand. The matching ebony wood spoons were polished with the same coconut oil as the bowls.

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Solar powered phone charger


Why spend time looking around for an outlet when you can just harness the power of the sun? This solar powered phone charger will make sure your phone never dies as long as you can bask in the sun's rays. As an added bonus, this charger was made using eco-friendly silicone rubber. It's win-win all around.

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Herb garden kit

Planter Pro

Put some green in your life with this herb planter. The kit comes with everything you need to get a garden growing, including a moisture meter that helps you determine if your herbs are getting the right amount of food to flourish. All the seeds included are certified to be non-GMO and non-hybrids, meaning you can have fresh, organic herbs right at your fingertips.

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Reusable Keurig cups

K & J

Keurig cups are convenient, but they also create a ton of plastic waste. These Keurig-compatible plastic cups are an easy way to cut down on the amount of trash you create without cutting down on your caffeine. Additionally, you won't have to keep on buying K Cups, which means you'll be saving money and the environment.

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Low-flow shower head


Low-flow water fixtures can cut down your water consumption, which saves you money while also saving one of the Earth's resources. This shower head was designed with a lighter flow in mind, which means you'll be able to cut down on water usage without feeling like you're cutting down on your shower.

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Bamboo safety razor


Instead of throwing away a disposable razor every time you shave, invest in an eco-friendly, reusable one. This unisex shaver isn't just sustainable, it's also sharp-looking, which means it would make a great gift for the holidays.

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