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1 City of Asheville Green Fleet Initiatives Chris Dobbins, Fleet Projects Manager NC Project Green Workshop October 17, 2008

2 City of Asheville Covers 44square miles 75,000 residents; MSA population 215,000 City has about 1,100 employees Fleet Management, a Division of Public Works manages the City s fueling station, vehicle maintenance and vehicle replacement Does not include Transit operations 2

3 City Fleet The Fleet consists of 550 on road vehicles and 200 off road pieces of equipment. Consume 560,000 gallons of fuel per year. 62 Administrative Cars 122 Police Patrol Cars 257 Light Trucks, Vans, SUV s 19 Refuse Trucks 64 Other Heavy Trucks 26 Fire Apparatus 200 Off Road/Construction/Trailers ti /T il 3

4 Milestones 2000 Council resolution supporting alternative fuel vehicles to improve air quality within the region Mobile Source Emission Reduction Grant application through North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural lr Resources (NCDENR) for a public access CNG Station in Asheville 2003 Mobile Source Emission Reduction Grant funded $400,000 for the CNG Fueling Station Electric Vehicles First in Service 2004 Vehicle Replacement Policy adopted with an emphasis on alternative fuel vehicles (AFV s) CNG Fast Fill Fuel Station opens CNG Vehicles First in Service Citywide use of Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel Gas/Electric Hybrid First in Service Council chartered a Sustainable Advisory Committee on Energy and the Environment (SACEE) Citywide use of Biodiesel and Ethanol Blended Gasoline Council resolution to reduce carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) by 2% per year targeting an 80% reduction Mobile Source Emission Grant through NCDENR for a CNG powered refuse type truck

5 Alternative Fuels & Vehicles Electrics CNG GStation & Vehicles Gas Electric Hybrids BioDiesel & Ethanol

6 GEM Cars 8 Total Electric Vehicles Zero Mobile Emissions i Up to 80 MPG Cost $8,500 $10,500 3 Parking Enforcement Police 2006 & Public Works Administrative Toyota Prius in Planning 2 Segway Human Transporter in Police

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11 CNG Station The station cost $438,000 and completion took eight months. Contract awarded to Jones and Frank Corporation, Charlotte, NC. It was their 8th CNG Station built. City s Partners in the Grant Mission Hospital System committed vehicles PSNC infrastructure& discounted gas vehicle development rate for natural gas (Rate 195) about a 20% discount Progress Energy infrastructure 11

12 CNG Station Main Components Compressor Station Sound Enclosure Universal Air Products Duplex Compressor System with a total of 60 CFM Output (3) Allied Storage Spheres Total Capacity of 38,000 Cubic Feet of Natural PSI Equals 309 Gas Gallon Equivalent (gge) Lighted Fueling Island Canopy Tulsa Gas Technologies 3,000/3,600 PSI 2 Hose Dispenser FuelMaster Fuel Management System with Master/Visa Card Reader 24/7 Public Access 12

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14 Compressor Station & Storage 14

15 (2) Universal Air Products 4 Stage 30 CFM Compressors 15

16 Tulsa Gas Technologies Dispenser 16

17 FuelMaster Fuel Management Unit 17

18 Training Two technicians and the shop supervisor attended a 4 day Natural Gas Vehicles Maintenance course at the University of West tvirginia i i at a cost of $4,000. This course stresses safety aspects of working with high pressure, compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel systems. 18

19 CNG Fuel Pricing vs. Gasoline Retail $1.74 gge City Use $1.33 gge 19

20 CNG Customers Retail Credit Card Users 70Transactions July 08 Outside Agencies 11 vehicles City of Asheville 10 vehicles Last 12 months dispensed 18,000 gge s 20

21 City CNG Vehicles 10 Total Five 2006 Chevrolet ¾ Ton Bi Fuel Pickups Last OEM s Available Incremental Cost $5,700 Used in Public Works, Fire and Water Four One 2005 Honda Civic GX Incremental Cost $4,200 Two 2004 Honda Civic GX Demos $14,000 ea. One 2008 Honda Civic GX Incremental Cost $5,400 Used in Engineering, Inspections & Public Works One Ford 1/2 Ton Bi Fuel Pickup R&D Conversion Cost $6,000 Used by Fleet Management 21

22 Honda Civic GX Since put in-service average fuel cost of natural gas is 45% less than gasoline. MPG range is No Maintenance issues related to the compressed natural gas systems. 22

23 2006 Chevrolet ¾-Ton 4WD with 6.0 Liter V-8 Bi-Fuel Fuel cost savings of 42%. MPG range is MPG penalty for CNG compared to gasoline is 10%. No Maintenance issues related to the compressed natural gas systems. 23

24 Re-fueling stop for Thomas CNG buses going west 24

25 Gas Electric Hybrids 2007 & 2008 Ford Escape Hybrids Replaced larger 10 year old vehicles resulting in 50% reduction in fuel consumption and emissions 10 Total Cost $25,245 each 1 Building Safety 3 Police 1 Fleet Management 2 Public Works 3 Fire

26 BioDiesel & Ethanol Fuels Began the use of B5 & E10 in May 2007 for all fleet customers. 900,000 gallons consumed annually: 560,000 gallons city use; 340,000 outside agencies Estimated annual incremental cost savings of $18,000 Displaces 63,000 gallons of fossil fuel annually Reduces carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) by 7%

27 Contact info: Chris Dobbins Fleet Projects Manager City of Asheville, NC

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