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Door County leads ecotourism initiative with electric car charging stations

A Chevy Volt and a Tesla Model S charge at the Door County Welcome Center in Sturgeon Bay.
A Chevy Volt and a Tesla Model S charge at the Door County Welcome Center in Sturgeon Bay.
Jon Jarosh/Door County Visitor Bureau

One of the best places in the country to take a road trip is Door County, Wisconsin; and one of the most economical and eco-friendly ways to travel is by electric car. Recognizing the growing popularity of this alternative-fuel vehicle, Door County Visitor Bureau (DCVB) recently debuted the county’s first electric car charging station at the Welcome Center in Sturgeon Bay (1015 Green Bay Road).

By the start of this year, more than 20 models of electric vehicles from nine different automakers are on the market. This, of course, means there is a growing need for charging stations as owners of these plug-in cars take to the road. So far there are some 20,000 such stations across the country.

Now you can find them in Door County. The DCVB hopes eventually to build a network of charging stations throughout the county for its green-minded tourists. In addition to the one in Sturgeon Bay, three more are planned for the near future: two in Ephraim at the Bay Breeze Resort and the High Point Inn, and in the village of Egg Harbor.

A page on the DCVB website lists the locations of the stations, and a map will be available later this year. Both will be updated as more stations are opened.

This green initiative is in line with 46 businesses, parks and attractions in Door County that are certified by Travel Green Wisconsin and meet specific sustainable green business practices.

“We are very excited to spearhead this initiative, “ said DCVB President and CEO Jack Moneypenny, “and make Door County a leader, not a follower, in this technology.”