Black Bear Solar Institute participates in the US Department of Energy’s “the EV Project” through installation and operation of 38 Electric Vehicle charging stations to date, with more yet to come. 

BBSI has established a Green Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains, with a string of EV recharging stations bridging the gap from the Interstate Highways and major metropolitan areas of Tennessee to the National Park gateway community of Townsend, Tennessee.  This effort enables Electric Vehicles to reach and tour the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with no emissions within the Park, improving the air quality in and around the most heavily visited National Park in the United States.  Ongoing projects will add solar electric shade canopies, enabling renewable energy recharging from locally-produced solar electricity.

One result of this project is that BBSI has made Townsend, Tennessee the most EV friendly city in the world, with more EV charging stations per capita than any city on Earth.

BBSI has also sponsored the installation of all EV recharging stations in the Tennessee State Park System, all across the state, and the EV recharging facility at Knoxville’s McGhee Tyson Airport.

Green Gateway to the Great Smoky

Mountains National Park

Some of Our Blount County EV Charging Locations

Tennessee-Wide EV Charging Locations


McGhee Tyson Airport