The DNR purchased its first all-electric vehicle in 1982. Now, 21 DNR facilities have all-electric vehicles. At some facilities they’re even charged by power from the facility's photovoltaic installation.
These facilities have all-electric vehicles:
- Blue Mounds State Park
- Buffalo River State Park
- Cascade River State Park
- Charles A. Lindbergh State Park
- Father Hennepin State Park
- Flandrau State Park
- Frontenac State Park
- Gooseberry Falls State Park
- Itasca State Park
- Lake Bemidji State Park
- Lake Bronson State Park
- Lake Carlos State Park
- Lake Shetek State Park
- Maplewood State Park
- Mille Lacs Kathio State Park
- Red River State Recreation Area
- Sibley State Park
- Split Rock Lighthouse State Park
- St. Croix State Park
- Wild River State Park
- William O'Brien State Park
Here are some examples of the all-electric vehicles the DNR uses to maintain parks and trails:
Neighborhood Electric Vehicles
The DNR’s fleet includes 18 neighborhood electric vehicles. They are emission-free and quiet, with utility beds that can haul up to 3,000 pounds. These are ideal vehicles for maintenance of parks and trails.
E-Z-Go emission-free utility vehicles have a quiet, soft ride, and are typically used for park maintenance activities. An electric dump box makes transporting and dumping refuse easy. The Neighborhood Electric Vehicles and the E-Z-Go are great alternatives to gas-powered all-terrain vehicles when the job doesn't need a more rugged vehicle.
When the job needs a rugged all-terrain vehicle, the DNR uses the Eride, a sturdy emission-free vehicle that the U.S. military has also adopted. The Eride is as strong as a half-ton pickup and extremely low-maintenance.
Purchased in 1982 for $1,415, the Cushman GC400 has provided the DNR with three decades of service, and it's still going strong!