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Wilmington offering alternative fueling stations around town

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WILMINGTON -- Two initiatives to help drivers be more environmentally friendly got the green light this week.

On Tuesday Progress Energy installed two chargers for electric cars in the parking deck on Market Street.

Two chargers were also installed last week at Mayfaire Town Center.

"It's a 240-volt circuit so instead of the standard 120 volt at home, so it will only take shoppers four hours to fully charge up versus the 8 at home," said Director of Marketing Paige Kon.

Currently, 130 county residents own electric or hybrid cars, but officials expect to have 800 electric car owners in three years.

"It would be nice if the electric usage goes up which means more people are charging and that is what the city would pay," said city spokeswoman Malissa Talbert. "We really think it is only going to cost us $20 at the most to charge these vehicles, but we hope the cost does go up so that let's us know there are more electric cars out there."

For folks with diesel engines, a new bio-diesel tank is up and running behind the Tidal Creek Co-Op.

"The fuel is actually 100 percent recycled kitchen oil, cooking waste from restaurants, 100 percent of it. So it's taken from restaurants all over Wilmington," said Christopher Yermal, a general contractor for Old School Rebuilders.

Drivers must first become a member of Piedmont Bio-Fuels.

After paying a flat fee of $50, any car with a diesel tank can fill up at the station.

"It's healthier for the environment, it supports local businesses. You know, this isn't a fuel that is shipped from overseas, and all that is involved with that," Yermal said. ClientIP: UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP