Donates 500 Electric Vehicles
to Calif. Nat'l Parks
Ever Gift of Alternatively Fueled Vehicles
Ranger Claudia Magnus of the National Park Service poses with two
an impressive step to keep National Parks clean and quiet, Ford Motor
Company has donated 500 electric TH!NK vehicles to be used in National
Parks throughout the state of California. The donation represents the
largest gift of alternatively fueled vehicles ever made.
TH!NK neighbors are zero-emissions low-speed vehicles that will help
to reduce air and noise pollution in National Parks throughout the state.
donation from Ford Motor Company and the National Park Foundation will
help protect the environment while enhancing the visitor experience
at National Parks throughout California, said Interior Secretary
and NPF Chairman Gale Norton. This type of innovative partnership
is the future of National Park stewardship, and I am grateful to Ford
for this gift.
of the National Park Foundations five corporate Proud Partners
of Americas National Parks, Ford is committed to finding innovative
transportation solutions for National Parks. Working very closely with
the National Park Service and NPF over the last two years, Ford has
placed dozens of college student interpreters and transportation scholars
in Parks across the country. Ford is also restoring the historic fleet
of red touring buses in Glacier National Park to run on cleaner propane
created TH!NK to help find unique solutions to environmental transportation
challenges, said Susan M. Cischke, VP, Environmental & Safety
Engineering, Ford Motor Company. The National Park Foundation
partnership is a perfect fit for that goal and the TH!NK neighbor is
a perfect fit for use in the Parks themselves.
includes 250 two-seat TH!NK neighbors and 250 four-seat TH!NK neighbors.
The low-speed electric vehicles are designed for commuting on speed-limited
roads, resorts and golf courses or as security or maintenance vehicles
inside business parks, corporate campuses and industrial areas. TH!NK
neighbor has a top speed of 25 mph and a range of up to 30 miles. The
vehicle is battery powered and can be recharged using any household
outlet in six to eight hours.
will be placed in all 23 National Parks in California, from Alcatraz
Island in San Francisco to Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation
Area in Redding. The neighbors will be used to for a variety of purposes
all enhancing the visitor experience ranging from transporting
Park volunteers, roving Ranger interpretation programs, transporting
maintenance personnel to areas of need, and providing transportation
for visitors with physical challenges. Many of the neighbors will replace
vehicles fueled by gasoline that were previously used for these purposes.
of our visitors come to this park for solitude and quiet reflection,
and these quiet vehicles will help ensure that we do nothing to disrupt
their experiences, said Cal Jepson, general manager of Xanterra
Parks & Resorts operation in Death Valley National Park. The
vehicles also provide us with a prime interpretive opportunity for launching
discussions of alternative transportation with our visitors.
information on TH!NK vehicles, click here.