DEATH VALLEY, CA – Thanks to a partnership with the National Park Foundation, National Park Service (NPS), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and BMW of North American, six electric vehicle (EV) charging stations have been installed at The Oasis at Death Valley to serve visitors to Death Valley National Park.  

“The Oasis at Death Valley is committed to providing legendary hospitality with a softer footprint and we couldn’t be more excited about the installation of these six strategically placed charging stations, said Trey Matheu,” General Manager of The Oasis at Death Valley. “We have seen an immediate demand for the stations and look forward to continuing to serve EV visitors.”

Currently the charging stations are free and powered by The Oasis at Death Valley’s onsite solar field. Four chargers are located at The Ranch at Death Valley and two at the Inn at Death Valley. 

A large solar panel array take up most of the photo. In the background are palm trees, then distant desert mountains.

The chargers in Death Valley are part of a larger project to expand public access for EV travel and help reduce air pollution in parks and gateway communities.  More than 90 charging stations have been installed in and near national parks so far, including Channel Islands National Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and Grand Canyon National Park. 

This project kicked off in April 2017 with the first electric vehicle charging stations installed at Thomas Edison National Historical Park. 

The Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office has provided technical assistance that supports innovative energy saving transportation projects at national park sites. These projects educate visitors on the benefits of advanced and alternative fuel vehicles and can help the National Park Service meet their energy, economic, and environmental goals. The benefits of these projects have the opportunity to reach far beyond the boundaries of the national parks.

“The automobile has long been central to the great American vacation in national parks,” said National Park Service Deputy Director P. Daniel Smith. “While our treasured landscapes offer familiar vistas time after time, the automobile has changed greatly, and parks want to meet the needs of our visitors who use electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Through this joint effort between BMW of North America, the Department of Energy, and the National Park Foundation electric vehicle drivers will have more places to charge the car while recharging themselves with nature and parks.” 

“Thanks to public-private partnership, electric vehicle drivers can enjoy a quintessential national park road trip,” said Will Shafroth, president of the National Park Foundation. “Not only will drivers benefit, but also the businesses and communities at the doorstep of our treasured national parks.”  

Photos Courtesy of NPS – Top Image – Trey Matheu, general manager of The Oasis at Death Valley, poses with two EV chargers at The Inn at Death Valley, located in the heart of Death Valley National Park.

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THE OASIS AT DEATH VALLEY
The Oasis at Death Valley in Furnace Creek is situated in a lush oasis surrounded by the vast and arid desert of Death Valley National Park — just 120 miles northwest of Las Vegas, NV and 275 miles northeast of Los Angeles, CA. The resort encompasses two hotels — the historic AAA Four Diamond, 66-room Inn at Death Valley and the family-oriented, 224-room Ranch at Death Valley. The entire resort went through a complete renaissance with an extensive renovation in 2018. It includes natural spring-fed pools, an 18-hole golf course, horse and carriage rides, world-renowned stargazing, and is surrounded by Death Valley National Park’s main attractions.

DEATH VALLEY NATION PARK
Death Valley National Park is the homeland of the Timbisha Shoshone and preserves natural resources, cultural resources, exceptional wilderness, scenery, and learning experiences within the nation’s largest conserved desert landscape and some of the most extreme climate and topographic conditions on the planet. About two-thirds of the park was originally designated as Death Valley National Monument in 1933. Today the park is enjoyed by about 1,600,000 people per year. The park is 3,400,000 acres – nearly as large as the state of Connecticut. Learn more at www.nps.gov/deva.

THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 419 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit us at www.nps.gov, on FacebookTwitterInstagram, andYouTube.
THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION 
The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help protect more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts and connect all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture, and rich history. Find out more and become a part of the national park community at www.nationalparks.org.

THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Vehicle Technologies Office supports a broad portfolio of early-stage research and works directly with its nationwide network of Clean Cities coalitions to enable the widespread use of alternative fuels and energy efficient technologies that reduce transportation energy use and costs for businesses and consumers.