Success Stories

Our success story this week takes us to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park…where “green” goes well beyond the landscape. The park has invested in alternative fuel since the mid-90’s. Propane, B20, and electric fuel about one third of the park’s fleet…a number that continues to grow with help from the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Clean Cities coalitions.

BRIAN BERGSMA: “Yeah, we really appreciate our clean cities network. They do keep us apprised of all the late breaking technologies. They’re great to put us in contact with industry representatives that know the technology.”

JOHN DAVIS: EV park visitors are also able to plug-in at one of two DC fast charge stations. Working with Nissan, the Smokies is the First National Park to provide fast charge stations. Since the stations went online in 2015, thousands of gallons of imported oil and tons of emissions have been avoided....results that are right in line with the park’s mission…to preserve and protect America’s natural resources!

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Our success story this week takes us to Asheville, North Carolina, where they’re driving on sunshine. Brightfield Transportation Solutions has deployed over 100 EV charging stations in North Carolina and beyond. Some are stand alones, while others, like this one at earth fare, a regional grocer, integrate solar power.

The 8 solar panels can provide up to 15,000 miles of zero emissions, solar powered driving every year.

STAN CROSS: “If you drive an EV and you’re powered off the average grid mix in America, you’re going to see a 60 percent reduction in your greenhouse gas emissions. If you go to driving on sunshine, it’s 100 percent reduction.”

JOHN DAVIS: Retailers, universities, and cities purchase Brightfields to attract EVs, showcasing their clean energy commitment and building good will. With help from the land of Sky Clean Vehicles Coalition, more stakeholders are investing in EV charging stations to keep the Tarheel state’s highlands bright.

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Petroleum reduction for our five county area:

Alternative Fueled Vehicles (AFV) use and interest in region

(please note that this is only a partial list):

City of Asheville — CNG station and vehicles, Electric vehicles, Hybrids, Biodiesel and Ethanol blends. Check out the MotorWeek Clean Cities success story on Asheville.

Mission Hospital — CNG vehicles and Electric vehicles

MSD — 65 vehicles on Biodiesel (B-20)

Buncombe County — Biodiesel, Hyprids, and Electic vehicles

Blue Ridge Biofuels — Biodiesel (B100) production and 10 public pumps

WNC Reg. Air Quality Agency — Hybrids

NC Div. of Air Quality — Hybrids

Blue Ridge Parkway — Hybrids and propane. Check out the MotorWeek Clean Cities success story on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

State Energy Office — Hybrids

Great Smoky Mountains National Park — Hybrids, Biodiesel, and Electric vehicles

US Forest Service — Hybrids

Progress Energy — Hybrids, Biodiesel, and Electric vehicles

Town of Waynesville — Hybrids, Propane (Alliance AutoGas video)

LOS Regional Council — Hybrids

Warren Wilson College and Home Energy Partners — Biodiesel

UNCA — Hybrids, Biodiesel, Electrics and CNG

Black Mountain — Electrics and Biodiesel

A-B Tech — Electrics

Haywood Community College — Electrics

Montreat — Electrics

TransecoEnergy, Inc. — CNG Conversions and public Fast Fill Station

NC DOT — Biodiesel

Asheville Airport — Biodiesel and Electric vehicles

Hendersonville — Biodiesel and CNG vehicles

Henderson County — Biodiesel and CNG vehicles

Mountain Mobility — CNG and Propane

Eaton Corp. — Electric vehicles

Blue Ridge Community College — Various Vehicles and Alt Fuel Training Facility

PSNC — CNG vehicles

Blossman Gas — Propane

Biltmore Estate — Propane

Buncombe Co Sheriff Dept. — Propane

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