2011 Nissan Leaf Long-Term Road Test


2011 Nissan Leaf: Campgrounds Cure Range Anxiety

April 06, 2011

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One of the things that can make electric cars a no-go for many is the fact that since the nationwide charging network still has some growin' to do, you could find yourself struggling to find a charging station on longer journeys. Well, there's one solution for that problem that you may not have thought of: campgrounds.

Turns out that most campgrounds and RV parks are equipped with 240-volt hookups that allow you to fully charge electric cars like the Leaf in just four hours. There are a few campgrounds in Maryland that are already marketing this service, to accommodate EV drivers visiting Washington DC from cities in the north. The cost for a four-hour charge seems to run between $8.50 and 10 bucks.

You'll need to bring your own adapter in many cases, but as more and more campground owners start marketing this amenity, it's expected that increased demand will result in the building of designated EV pedestals.

So what do you do while you're gettin' all charged up? Says Russ Yates, owner of a Maryland campground: "Most people who come to our park to recharge their vehicles come up to our store and buy snacks. Or they get on their laptops and send email. But most of them simply take a nap in their vehicle or they walk around our park and sit by the river."

Any EV owners out there? Ever charged your car at a campground or RV park?

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor

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