The electric vehicle is earning itself a permanent role in park operations and is becoming recognized as one solution to the combined challenges of improved and efficient resource management. The use of electric vehicles by the National Capital Parks (NCP) in Washington, D.C. is described. Electric dumpsters, tractor mowers and DC powered electric tools (trimmers, jackhammers, drills, etc.) are noted. Energy and time benefits as well as the aethetic value of electric vehicles is noted. The problems encountered by the various parks include trouble with recharging, with adequate and regular watering, with insufficient range and with difficulty adjusting to the new driving and maintenance techniques. Among areas of research which promise solutions are hybridization, development of the stirling engine, and improved batteries (a new nickle zinc battery has been developed). It is noted that premature battery failure could result from inadequate or excessive charging and from failure to regularly check battery water levels. An automatic charger which eliminates under or over charging has been developed. Basic maintenance factors that will contribute to vehicle life extension are also noted.

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    National Recreation and Park Association

    1601 North Kent Street
    Arlington, VA  United States  22209
  • Authors:
    • Goodrich, K
  • Publication Date: 1979-10

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 25-33
  • Serial:
    • Park & Recreation
    • Volume: 14
    • Issue Number: 10
    • Publisher: National Recreation and Park Association
    • ISSN: 0031-2215

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00310768
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 7 1980 12:00AM