Transit Bus Charging in Asheville Gets $200,000 Boost From Duke Energy

Sep 10, 2019 12:50 PM ET
Summary: 
  • Grant will help North Carolina city electrify transit bus fleet

  • Another example of Duke Energy’s support for electric charging

Press Release

CHARLOTTE, N.C., September 10, 2019  /3BL Media/-- A $200,000 grant from Duke Energy will help the Asheville Redefines Transit (ART) system fund five electric bus-charging stations that were installed by the city earlier this year.

"Asheville is making great strides to add electric buses to its fleet,” said Lang Reynolds, director, Electrification Strategy for Duke Energy. “Charging infrastructure is a critical component of this effort, and Duke Energy is pleased our grant can assist.”

Since 2016, Duke Energy has expanded charging for electric vehicles and buses throughout North Carolina. The program helped fund almost 200 public electric vehicle charging stations in North Carolina, and also helped the city of Greensboro with transit bus charging.

“The City of Asheville is extremely grateful to Duke Energy to receive funding from its electric charging grant program. This funding is key to helping us run electric buses as part of our overall fleet and help us meet our sustainability goals,” said Jessica Morriss, assistant director of Transportation for the City of Asheville.

ART currently operates 17 vehicles in its peak fleet and serves primarily the City of Asheville with some service that extends to Black Mountain. The Duke Energy funding was part of a 2015 settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and environmental groups.

The legacy grant funding is separate from the $76 million Electric Transportation pilot being considered now by the N.C. Utilities Commission. The current proposal builds upon lessons learned during the earlier program. It will expand municipal and school bus charging infrastructure, as well as expand residential and public charging for passenger vehicles. Read about the current proposal.

About Duke Energy

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 150 company headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is one of the largest energy holding companies in the U.S. It employs 30,000 people and has an electric generating capacity of 51,000 megawatts through its regulated utilities and 3,000 megawatts through its nonregulated Duke Energy Renewables unit.

Duke Energy is transforming its customers’ experience, modernizing the energy grid, generating cleaner energy and expanding natural gas infrastructure to create a smarter energy future for the people and communities it serves. The Electric Utilities and Infrastructure unit’s regulated utilities serve approximately 7.7 million retail electric customers in six states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. The Gas Utilities and Infrastructure unit distributes natural gas to more than 1.6 million customers in five states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. The Duke Energy Renewables unit operates wind and solar generation facilities across the U.S., as well as energy storage and microgrid projects.

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