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ASHEVILLE — Stan Cross hopes drivers will get used to “driving on sunshine” with today’s opening of a new public solar-powered charging station for electric vehicles.Cross and other founders of the BioWheels Responsible Transportation Solutions will join elected officials for the 10 a.m. ribbon-cutting of the company’s Brightfield charging station at Asheville City Public Works Building at the corner of Charlotte and Eagle streets.

Featured guests include U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy, Deputy N.C. Commerce Secretary Dale Carroll and Scott Hamilton, CEO of AdvantageWest.

The new station underscores entrepreneurs’ commitment to bring alternative energy and cleaner transportation to the region, Cross said.

“Our focus is on creating a more resilient community. All of us connected with BioWheels RTS were living here when Hurricane Rita struck the refineries in Texas and we had no gas (in Asheville) for two weeks,” Cross said. “Western North Carolina is unique in being at the end of the energy line. We have to take more responsibility for generating our own energy.”

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