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The Green Life: Recharge Your Electric Car -- at a Campground?

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April 07, 2011

Recharge Your Electric Car -- at a Campground?

Campground_Recharging Campgrounds have always been great places to relax and refuel, but what about for cars? For electric cars, recharging at a campground may soon be a viable option.

Cherry Hill Park in Washington, D.C. was one of the first to allow travelers to use adapters to plug cars into electric hookups at the campground's RV site. As their cars are being recharged, visitors can eat at the café, explore nearby trails, or do laptop work using the campground’s free Wi-Fi. A four-hour charge typically costs no more than $10.

Mike Gurevich, Cherry Hill Park’s owner, plans to market his electric-car-charging perk to draw more business and to help the environment, but he’s not the only one. Other campgrounds in Maryland and California are reporting an increasing number of electric-car owners wishing to recharge their vehicles onsite. In time, the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds hopes to create a listing of parks that'll offer EV refueling.

--Shirley Mak

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