Electric vehicle chargers will be installed in national parks

HOLLAND, Michigan — Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday unveiled a new project to make electric vehicles more accessible in Michigan. More than 30 electric vehicle charging stations will be installed in state parks this summer.

The project was unveiled at Holland State Park. The charging stations are made by Rivian, an electric vehicle manufacturer based in Plymouth. Rivian will pay the installation costs, as well as the maintenance of the stations. The company also plans to make them available to drivers free of charge for at least the next ten years.

The choice to locate the stations in state parks was to make electric vehicle use more accessible to Michigan drivers. “Our brand is synonymous with adventure, outings and exploring the world,” said Trent Warnky, senior director of energy and charging for Rivian. “State Parks is a perfect fit for our brand and our waypoint loaders, so for us it’s a no-brainer.”

Consumers Energy will also participate in the installation process. The stations are part of Governor Whitmer’s “My Healthy Climate” plan. “As we think about how to protect our beautiful state, think about how more people have access to enjoy this great state and how we lead in problem solving and fighting climate change said Governor Whitmer.

Electric vehicle charging stations will begin to be installed in June.

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