Land of Sky Clean Vehicles Coalition (Western North Carolina)

The Land of Sky Clean Vehicles Coalition (Western North Carolina) works with vehicle fleets, fuel providers, community leaders, and other stakeholders to identify community-driven choices that save energy and promote the use of alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies in transportation.

Contact Information

General Stats

  • Designated: July 26, 2012
  • Population: 502,615 (based on 2022 Census estimate)
  • Area: 2,421 sq. mi.
  • Local/Regional Service Area: Counties (including tribal lands): Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Madison, Transylvania

Alternative Fueling Stations

Including public and private stations

  • Biodiesel (B20 and above): 6
  • Electric (charging outlets): 325
  • Ethanol (E85): 0
  • Hydrogen: 0
  • Natural Gas: 4
  • Propane: 10

Energy Use Impact*

Annual Energy Impact

Annual Energy Impact by Alternative Fuel Vehicle Project Type

Emissions Reduced*

Annual Emissions Reduced

Emissions Reduced by Alternative Fuel Vehicle Project Type
*2022 DOE-Verified Metrics

Sara Nichols

Sara Nichols joined Land of Sky Regional Council in Summer 2018 as a regional planner on the Economic and Community Development team.

Nichols' work heavily involves the intersection of economic development and natural resources. Her work includes community issues with funding strategies, case studies, data analysis, and planning solutions. Her career in local government includes over ten years of conservation planning for water quality with the Soil and Water Conservation District, parks and recreation planning, infrastructure, and western North Carolina economic development issues.

Nichols holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from Mars Hill University.

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