To Yosemite and Back in Chevy’s Bolt EV
Yosemite is a gem of a national park, that gets tons of visitors. How ever it’s remote destination and sparse charging infrastructure in and around the park make it a little challenging (not impossible) to plan a trip with EV.
This wonderful blog post by Martin Nicolaus (@manicolaus)describes in great detail about their trip to Yosemite.
Rather than taking the direct route (over hwy 120), they took a little longer route to charge along the way.
When the road climbed, the charge level dropped at one point to 174 miles. When we went downhill, the battery filled up again. Yosemite Valley lies at 4,000 feet, a net drop of about a thousand feet from the Lodge. When we arrived on the valley floor near the Merced River, the meter showed 205 miles in the “tank” – more than we started with. Try that in a gas engine car!
It felt good to cruise the valley in an all-electric vehicle. No tailpipe emissions. Absolutely silent except for tire noise. It would be a blessing for this much-abused valley if more visitors could move electrically
- SaveMart at Madera (EVGO, L3 fast charger) (plugshare link, google map)
- Tenaya Lodge, Fishcamp (L2 charger and Tesla supercharger)
Hotels with EV Chargers
- Tenaya Lodge, Fishcamp (L2 charger and Tesla supercharger) (google map)