ASHEVILLE, NC – The City of Asheville, N.C., has added 25 new compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles to its fleet, bringing the total number of CNG vehicles the City operates to 37. In addition, the City doubled the natural gas storage capacity at its fueling station.
The City used a $1.5 million grant to pay for the additional vehicles and fueling station. Funding came from the Carolina Blue Skies and Green Jobs Initiative, led by the Triangle J Council of Governments and supported by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. In all, $12 million was distributed among 40 alternative vehicle projects across North and South Carolina.
The City’s CNG station is one of only four in the region. It is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, open to the public, and has a number of regional fleets with CNG vehicles as customers, including Mission Health, Land Of Sky Regional Council, Buncombe County’s Mountain Mobility system, UNC-Asheville, and AT&T.