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USA: Electric vehicles tapped for national parks

Electric vehicles will soon be deployed at nine national parks across the country, which the government hopes will cut the usage of gasoline and the release of greenhouse gas emissions.

By Stephen Edelstein, Guest blogger / April 15, 2014

A landscape visible at Zion National Park in Utah. The Department of Energy and the National Park Service announced that Zion will be among nine parks where gas-powered vehicles will be replaced with electrics.

Andy Nelson/The Christian Science Monitor/File

If you’re planning a summer vacation to a U.S. national park this summer, you may start to see a few changes when you get there.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Clean Cities program and the National Park Service (NPS) recently announced nine new projects to deploy green vehicles within nine of the 13 national parks.

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The nine parks–stretching from Maine’s Acadia National Park to Utah’s Zion National Park–will replace conventional internal-combustion vehicles with low- and zero-emission alternatives, including propane-powered trucks and vans, low-speed electric vehicles, and plug-in hybrids.

Theses latest projects are part of an ongoing initiative by the NPS and DOE to increase the use of alternative fuels and advanced-fuel technologies in national parks.
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