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Raleigh Gets Its First Alternative Fuel Station

People who live in the Raleigh area and want to use alternative fuels for their cars or trucks have a new choice. A station on New Bern Avenue opens today with both E-85 ethanol blend and bio-diesel available. It's the first of its kind in the state capital. Anne Tazewell is the transportation manager for the North Carolina Solar Center at N-C State. She says alternative fuel stations are slowly spreading across the state.

Anne Tazewell: "With E-85, this is just the 18th station. It's the third in the triangle, there's one in Cary/Apex area, one in Durham, one in Chatham county, but its the first one in Raleigh. There's more bio-diesel around the state, closer to 50 stations and in the triangle, there's a small handful of stations."
Tazewell says both fuels burn more cleanly than traditional gasoline and diesel.

Eric Hodge hosts WUNC’s broadcast of Morning Edition, and files reports for the North Carolina news segments of the broadcast. He started at the station in 2004 doing fill-in work on weekends and All Things Considered.
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