Dec. 25, 2010

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Turns to Alternative Fuels (Text Version)


This is a text version of the MotorWeek video segment Great Smoky Mountains National Park Turns to Alternative Fuels, which aired Dec. 25, 2010.

JOHN DAVIS: Our success story of the week takes us to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee, where eco-friendly hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles are now helping to preserve this lush landscape.

In 2006, these beautifully wrapped hybrid cars were donated to the friends of Smoky Mountains by Toyota. Since then, the park has received grants to help purchase additional alt fuel vehicles like these E-Rods.

One is used by maintenance crews; the other is an integral part of the Elk Bugle Corps that educates the public about the park's wildlife. Also new are seven hybrid SUVs and a new biodiesel filling station. The park's maintenance vehicles use B50 year-round, a switch that took a little getting used to.

SAM OWL: First starting off was a learning curve because filters were plugging up and cleaning out the old fuel and stuff like that, but once we got past that curve, it seems like things are going pretty good now.

JOHN DAVIS: The park is working closely with the Land of Sky Clean Vehicles Coalition in Asheville, North Carolina, a perfect partner to help showcase the Smokies' naturally green beauty.