Transportation and Fleet
When we say "sustainable transportation", what do we really mean by that? In essence, sustainable transportation is transportation which emits less than average emissions into the atmosphere. On average, a standard passenger vehicle emits 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year (per the Environmental Protection Agency). Any mode of transportation which emits less than this is considered "sustainable".
Electric Vehicles in Boone
As of 2022, the Town of Boone now has 8 public level two electric vehicle (EV) charging stations which are free for all to use (just pay for parking in certain areas). Check out our Electric Vehicle Charging in Boone page to learn more. Additionally, the Town of Boone has created the "Town of Boone EV-Ready Handbook (PDF)"! This handbook is meant to guide and answer any question anyone has regarding electric vehicles.
Boone's First Electric Bus
AppalCART, in partnership with the Town of Boone, Watauga County, Appalachian State University, and others have purchased the first electric bus for Boone! AppalCART, Boone's public transportation system, provides free transit to the residents of Boone and Watauga County. With this electric bus, which is fully electric excluding its heating system, residents of Boone are able to commute throughout the Town in a relatively carbon-neutral fashion. Make sure to check it out next time you're in town!
Transforming Our Fleet
One way the Town of Boone is starting to transform our fleet is by retiring our old, fossil-fuel powered vehicles and replacing them with hybrid or electric vehicle counterparts. In FY 2019/2020 alone, the Town of Boone's fleet drove 715,000 miles, using 52,000 gallons of gasoline and 21,300 gallons of diesel. In addition to the Town's fleet, the Town of Boone's employees commuted 854,750 miles, resulting in the use of an additional 53,421 gallons of gasoline. Added together, the amount of CO2 emissions released into the atmosphere 1,154 tons, which is the equivalent to 1,384 acres of deforestation/year! This is why we are cycling out the older models of vehicles and bringing in their EV and Hybrid counterparts. While the change can't be instantaneous, many departments are willingly purchasing more ecofriendly vehicles.
Hybrid and Electric Vehicles
During the The Town of Boone's Police Department is purchasing 7 new hybrid vehicles during FY 2021/2022 (3 Toyota Rav4 hybrids and 5 Ford Police Interceptor hybrids) to add to the 5 already purchased Ford Police Interceptor hybrids. The Town of Boone's Fire Department is purchasing 2 F150 Hybrids as well. Other departments in the Town, including Planning and Inspections and Administration, each have 1 hybrid vehicle. By slowly cycling out older vehicles and replacing a few each year with their hybrid or EV counterparts, the Town of Boone's municipal fleet will eventually become 100% electric.
- Myth: Electric vehicles are worse for the climate than gasoline cars because of the power plant emissions.
- Myth: Electric vehicles are worse for the climate than gasoline cars because of battery manufacturing.
- Myth: There is nowhere to charge.
- Myth: Electric vehicles don’t have enough range to handle daily travel demands.