Some RV park owners are finding a new source of revenue by allowing drivers of electric cars to recharge their vehicles. Using a campground’s 50-amp/240-volt electric hookups, electric cars can be charged in about four hours.
Russ Yates, owner of Holiday Park Campground in Greensboro, Maryland, said he has been getting so many calls from people wanting to charge their vehicles that he has installed an electrical hookup station that people can use without parking in a campsite. He charges $8.50 for a four-hour charge.
Wade Elliott, president and CEO of Utility Supply Group, an RV and electric vehicle pedestal supplier in Preston, Washington, said, “I see the idea of recharging electric vehicles as an opportunity for campground and RV park operators.” If demand grows, he thinks park operators may want to install a string of three or four charging stations just for electric cars, so they don’t tie up campsites.
Paul Bambei, president and CEO of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, said campgrounds with all their amenities “are an ideal place for electric vehicle owners to take a break from driving.” And, he said, since many RV parks have RVs or cabins to rent, some electric car owners would not only want to get their cars charged, but also refresh themselves by staying overnight.