Duke Energy Grant Helps Electrify Asheville Bus Fleet
September 2019
Duke Energy announced in September a $200,000 grant that will help Asheville Redefines Transit (ART) fund five new electric bus charging stations throughout the city.

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

Duke Energy has expanded charging for electric vehicles (EVs) and buses throughout North Carolina since 2016, and its grants have helped fund almost 200 public EV charging stations in the state. Currently, ART operates 17 busses in its peak fleet and primarily serves the City of Asheville. 

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

The North Carolina Utilities Commission currently is considering a $76 million plan, separate from Duke Energy’s recent grant, that will expand bus charging infrastructure, as well as residential and public charging infrastructure, which will provide customers with additional resources. This is one of the many ways our nation’s electric companies are demonstrating their commitment to a clean energy future for the communities they serve.​​