October 10, 2022
Today we wanted to share a interesting article from Woodall’s Campground Magazine discussing the increasing impact EV’s are having on RV parks and campgrounds.
“It wasn’t that long ago when the thought of the RV park and campground sector facing a surge of electric vehicles (EVs) seemed a little farfetched.
Besides the fact that the infrastructure wasn’t in place (and still isn’t for a majority of the country), there just wasn’t that many options especially when it came to RVing with an EV.
Then came COVID, and like other things, i.e. remote working, RV purchasing and more, the EV push has accelerated. The Biden Administration has introduced EV credits and even funding to accelerate EV infrastructure creation throughout the country; major automakers have begun rolling out more EV offerings and have even committed to decreasing the number of gas-powered vehicles they produce and major RV manufacturers like Thor and Winnebago have introduced electric RV concepts.
The latest move in the push towards getting more EVs on the road? The recent announcements by the state of California that it has banned the sale of new, gas-powered vehicles by 2035.
Californians can keep driving and buying gas-powered vehicles after 2035, but no new models will be sold in the state thereafter. There are also milestones that the sate will aim for during the 13-year process, including that one-third of all vehicles sold in the state must be zero-emission by 2026.
Perhaps the larger news coming out of this announcement is that upwards of 13-14 states could follow suit. Some, like Virginia, are making the move because of laws linking their state’s environmental rules to California’s and others, like Washington, that have voluntarily decided to embrace zero emissions.
The California Outdoor Hospitality Association (CalOHA) told its members that, “While there are obvious challenges that this new ban presents, the outdoor hospitality industry is ready to tackle them.”
In fact, most of the conferences that Woodall’s Campground Magazine attended over the last year have featured a session or discussion on EVs and their potential impact on park owners. So, for the most part, owners should be aware of what is occurring on the EV front.
Where do owners go from here? Many industry experts say it is important for park owners to not ignore the EV wave.
One, it could create issues as more campers show up and expect to be able to charge their EVs, along with hooking up an RV. It is important that owners look at their policies and ensure they have guidelines in place should a situation like this pop up.
Two, some parks could stand to lose a significant amount of business if they don’t install charging stations or create a way for EV owners to charge their vehicles.
Yes, right now it doesn’t seem possible that the US could see millions of EVs hitting the road over the next decade but waiting until you start seeing more EVs to do something could hurt your business.”
Quiggle, Ben. “EV Wave is More Like a Tsunami.” Woodall’s Campground Magazine, vol. 53, no. 10, October 2022, pp. 2.
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