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Industry Initiatives

Going Electric

We are testing and using electric vehicles in our fleet – and plan to buy more. In 2009, we made a commitment at the Clinton Global Initiative that by 2020 all new vehicle purchases will be plug-in electric vehicles. This represents an investment of hundreds of millions of dollars and has the potential to significantly reduce fleet costs and greenhouse emissions. We realize that many of our customers are also interested in “going electric” and may have questions. As your new transportation fuel supplier, Duke Energy is committed to supporting you and providing the information you need.

Go Electric Drive offers industry-developed, unbiased information for electric car shoppers and owners. You will find information on electric vehicle and charging station technology, available models and vendors, a fuel savings calculator, the location of public charging stations, and many more resources.

The Electric Generation
The Electric Generation is the utility industry’s commitment to widespread adoption of electricity as a transportation fuel, and also to the people who have embraced it, and those who will. It taps into the passion and excitement of those who are already driving electric, amplifying their voices and carrying forth the message that electricity makes driving better. To learn more, please visit, follow Electric Generation on @ElecGen or like Electric Generation on Facebook.

Industry Collaboration

To advance the use of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) and better understand their impacts on our grid, we are working with leading companies in the industry as well as local organizations. These joint efforts include community education, research to better understand electric vehicle technologies, and testing and deployment of charging stations.

North Carolina and South Carolina 

  • North Carolina was awarded a $500K grant from the Department of Energy to create a state-wide PEV Readiness Plan. Duke Energy is a key stakeholder in this effort. Entitled NC Readiness Initiative: Plugging in from Mountains to Sea, Duke Energy is working with the Centralina Clean Fuels Clean Coalition and other organizations throughout our service territory.
  • Duke Energy, Siemens, and Ford are working to enhance the “smart” capabilities of the current Siemens level 2 residential charging stations to enable connectivity to a smart meter infrastructure, and giving customers the ability to provide in-home displays of charging information via connected PCs and web-enabled phones.
  • Duke Energy, Eaton, and Toyota have partnered to develop smart-grid-enabled charging stations for commercial applications that will enable multiple two-way communications features to help reduce and manage charging costs for businesses.
  • In 2012, Duke Energy completed a three-year trial with Ford Motor Company using Ford Escape PHEVs. These trials tested Ford PHEV technology and smart-charging systems, and allowed us to compare the performance of factory-built and converted PHEVs.


  • We are testing charging stations and PEVs at our Envision Center in Erlanger, KY.


  • The Clean Fuels Ohio organization received a $500K grant from the Department of Energy to create a PEV Readiness Plan for Ohio. The objectives of the project are to develop local, regional and statewide plans and implement policies that support the deployment of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) and electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Ohio. Duke Energy will participate as a key stakeholder to share what we have learned from other states.


  • Duke Energy is actively engaged with plug-in vehicle readiness initiatives in both the Central Florida and Tampa Bay regions. We are also involved in a charging station load research program focused on the public access and commercial markets.

Research Partners

Duke Energy has also partnered with other local and national organizations for further PEV research and community education, including:

Advanced Energy
Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition
Charlotte Center City Partners
Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition
Clean Fuels Ohio
Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research
Edison Electric Institute (EEI)
Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA)
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
Get Ready Central Florida
Get Ready Tampa Bay
Land of Sky Regional Council
NC Department of Commerce
NC Solar Center
Palmetto State Clean Fuels Coalition
Piedmont Triad Regional Council
Project Get Ready Indianapolis
Tampa Bay Clean Cities Coalition
Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council
Triangle Clean Cities Coalition
Triangle Get Ready Initiative
N.C. State Advanced Transportation Energy Center
Ohio State Center for Automotive Research
Purdue University State Utility Forecasting Group
Rose Hulman Institute of Technology