The first electric vehicle charging station along the Grand Strand and the coastal Carolinas opened Wednesday (June 22) in a place where other plug-ins are already the norm – a campground.
In what could become a national trend among RV parks and campgrounds, Ocean Lakes Family Campground in Myrtle Beach set up two charging stations for electric vehicles near the entrance of the mega oceanfront complex, according to a report in the Myrtle Sun News.
The plug-ins are designed to serve guests who tow their electric cars to the beach and even nonguests who need a charge. Campground guests can charge for free, while others will pay $5 to get in the campground and can use the campground’s snack bar, store or other amenities while they wait the four hours for the charge.
It’s not like EV owners have been lining up for charges at the campground; there aren’t that many of the cars on Grand Strand roads yet, though some guests use EV cars to zoom around town. But Ocean Lakes wanted to be ready for the demand, officials said, and is following the trend nationwide of campgrounds embracing their charging capabilities by setting aside special stations for electric vehicles.
Officials at Ocean Lakes and Plug In Carolina acknowledged that there aren’t many of these cars on the roads yet, but said they are installing the stations now to be ready when there is more demand. And EV drivers need assurances that they’ll have places to charge.