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Duke Energy starts EV charging pilot across South Carolina

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The ET pilot will cost about US$10.4 million and includes four programs

Duke Energy has proposed an electric transportation (ET) pilot program that will allow South Carolina to join other states in deploying EV infrastructure to meet the needs of the growing EV market.

“Electric vehicles are coming to South Carolina, but more investment is needed to grow the adoption of this evolving technology and the benefits it brings to the state,” said Kodwo Ghartey-Tagoe, Duke Energy’s South Carolina president.

The proposed pilot consists of four programs designed to research and better understand the effects of increasing adoption of electric transportation on Duke Energy’s electric system, the behavior of customers and the potential financial and environmental benefits to the state of South Carolina.

The Residential EV Charging Program will provide a rebate and ongoing quarterly participation payments for up to 400 residential customers installing qualifying Level II charging equipment in exchange for utility management of home charging during defined hours. A Level II EVSE allows customers to charge their EVs up to six times faster than a standard 120 volt wall outlet.

The EV School Bus Charging Station Program will facilitate the replacement of older diesel school buses with modern, clean, zero-emission electric buses. Duke Energy will provide financial support for the purchase of about 30 electric school buses. In addition to studying the charging characteristics and usage patterns of school e-buses, this program will test their bidirectional power flow abilities and the potential to use their batteries during times of high electric demand or during disaster recovery.

The third program is the EV Transit Bus Charging Station Program. Duke Energy will provide financial support to eligible transit agency customers electing to procure electric transit buses for up to 30 electric transit bus charging stations.

The final program is the DC Fast Charging Station Program via which Duke Energy will install, own and operate up to 30 DC Fast Charging installations to provide a foundational level of infrastructure and facilitate EV market growth.

The estimated cost of the pilot is about US$10.4 million over the proposed initial three years of the programs. The pilot must be approved by the Public Service Commission of South Carolina (PSCSC) before it can be offered to customers.

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