New Service Station to Offer Alternative Fuels
by Vikki Broughton Hodges (The Dispatch) The first local retail sales of ethanol and biodiesel fuels are scheduled to begin in April at Sparky’s Marketplace, a new service station, convenience store and car wash being developed by Hill Oil Co. on Old Salisbury Road.
…Sparky’s will offer two grades of ethanol, E85, which is 85 percent ethanol, and either E30 or E15, as well as two grades of biodiesel fuel, B5 and B20, Hill said, in addition to regular Gulf brand gasoline.
The local development to offer alternative fuels is part of a larger Alternative Fuel/Advanced Vehicle Technology project administered by the N.C. Solar Center’s Clean Transportation Program with funding from the N.C. Department of Commerce State Energy Division. The 15-month, $500,000 initiative is funded through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, the federal stimulus program, to jump-start six unique clean transportation projects around the state. READ MORE