Plug-in Electric Vehicles (PEVs)
Plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) are rolling off production lines and onto our streets. Duke Energy is studying the effects that widespread adoption of electric vehicles will have on the power grid. Our goal is to ensure clean, affordable and reliable energy for our customers and their PEVs.
WHY IS AN ENERGY COMPANY INTERESTED IN ELECTRIC VEHICLES?
It's simple. We care about electric vehicles because the benefits are clear:
|Saves customers money||The environment will benefit||Energy Independence|
|"Filling up" an electric vehicle is cheaper than fueling a traditional car.||Widespread adoption of electric vehicles will cut emissions.||Electric vehicles reduce our dependence on foreign oil and will lead to more local jobs.|
We're helping to shape the future
Duke Energy is influencing how electric vehicles will interface with our nation's power grid. We're working with national organizations and automotive manufacturers – large and small – to ensure that the grid remains safe and reliable as demand for electricity grows.
By being on the front end, Duke Energy can help enhance the customer experience to ensure electric vehicle owners can charge them safely, conveniently and at the lowest price without affecting the power supply.
We're already using electric vehicles, and plan to buy more. Duke Energy currently has one of the nation's largest fleets of plug-in electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric cars for research and development purposes. This includes vehicles from Toyota, Tesla, Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, Nissan and the Southeast’s first plug-in hybrid electric utility "bucket" truck.
Duke Energy Progress and Duke Energy Florida also plan to continue adding new electric vehicles to their utility fleets. In January 2012, Duke Energy Progress completed a three-year trial with Ford Motor Company using Ford Escape PHEVs, and Duke Energy Florida completed a similar trial in September 2012. These trials tested Ford PHEV technology and smart-charging systems, and allowed us to compare the performance of factory-built and converted PHEVs.
Considering buying a PEV?