If you are near a local National or state park, and wish to drive there in your LEAF, please try to contact them about what you'll need to do so. Many parks, due to remote locations, will be inaccessible unless the Parks or their vendors install charge points.
The National Parks have the program below:
After a few months of efforts, I finally got to talk to a Park Rep about My local NP, Lassen. She was very encouraging, as her Job is to get us up there, just not informed as to the need (which I suggested, is a L2 at both major park entrances). I'd suggest Calling your Local NP directly, and ask for the program coordinator for the "Climate Friendly Parks Program", as (unturned) emails to Washington and earlier attempts to contact Lassen NP got me nowhere, as below illustrates.
Cc: email@example.com ; Shawn_Norton@nps.gov
Sent: Thursday, March 10, 2011 12:18 PM
Subject: Climate Friendly Parks Program
I would like to see all National Parks allow visitors to minimize their climate pollution. Last December, I sent the message below to LVNP.
I followed up with a phone call in January, leaving a message to the individual that Park personnel directed me to. I Have received no response to either inquiry.
I am a frequent visitor to Lassen Park. I am also planning to purchase an electric vehicle within the next few months.
I would like to use my EV on future Park visits. But, as you may be aware, the roadside charging infrastructure is currently limited, particularly in the North state.
Does LVNP have any plans to accommodate visitors driving EV's, such as the Nissan LEAF and Ford Focus, and other "plug in vehicles", such as the Chevy Volt and Toyota Prius, by providing facilities for drivers to charge their cars, during their visits to the Park? Due to the limited range of most currently available EV's, this will be a crucial question for all drivers along the I-5 corridor, who wish to visit Lassen Park.
In my own case, I live about 50 miles from the park entrance, and am planning to buy a Nissan LEAF this Spring. Just being able to plug into a standard 120 volt outlet for a few hours during my visit, could allow me to leave my "gas guzzler" at home-and make my trips to (and through) the Park, emission-free.
Please feel free to call me at or reply by email, if you feel I can help provide details of future visitors' needs.
As I believe my comments could be useful to the plan below, Transportation Management, page 13:
http://www.nps.gov/climatefriendlyparks ... n-plan.pdf
Please direct this message to the responsible party at LVNP, and ask them to contact me.