Duke Energy to convert 100% of its light-duty vehicles to electric and 50% of its combined fleet of medium-duty, heavy-duty and off-road vehicles to EVs, plug-in hybrids or other zero-carbon alternatives.

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Duke Energy plans to convert its vehicle fleet to electric or another zero-carbon alternative. (Credit: Duke Energy Corporation.)

Duke Energy is continuing its push to reduce carbon emissions with a new pledge to convert most of its current 10,000-vehicle fleet to electric or another zero-carbon alternative in just 10 years. With approximately 600 electric vehicles (EVs) already in its fleet, the utility says it will continue to pursue electrification as more electric vehicle options become available.

“We’ve set a bold vision to achieve net-zero carbon emissions from electric generation by 2050. But beyond how we generate power, we’re looking at other ways to transform our business to reduce emissions,” said Lynn Good, chair, president and CEO. “Electric vehicles are an important part of that strategy. With our new pledge, we’re committed to transitioning our fleet and spurring adoption within our communities.”

More specifically, Duke Energy’s pledge is to convert 100% of its nearly 4,000 light-duty vehicles to electric and 50% of its approximately 6,000 combined fleet of medium-duty, heavy-duty and off-road vehicles to EVs, plug-in hybrids or other zero-carbon alternatives as more of these options become available.

Benefits of EVs include reduced emissions, better performance, less noise and fewer expenses. Customers interested in purchasing an EV can estimate their savings by visiting the Duke Energy fuel savings calculator.

Duke Energy’s EV story

Through our EV programs, Duke Energy continues to promote a cleaner environment and provide opportunities for communities to electrify transportation:

  • Jurisdictional electrification: The company is pursuing pilot programs for electrification in our jurisdictions:
    • In late 2018, Duke Energy launched an EV charging-station pilot in Florida called Park and Plug to encourage clean transportation.
      • Duke Energy has installed 500 charging stations, which have been used more than 13,000 times since the program launched in late 2018.
      • Approximately 15% of these charging stations have been installed in income-qualified communities.
      • The project has been consistently ahead of schedule and under budget, proving utility programs can effectively and efficiently deploy needed EV charging infrastructure.
    • Like its program in Florida, Duke Energy has applied for pilot programs in the Carolinas and Ohio, pending commission approvals.
    • The active program in Florida and the proposed pilot programs in the Carolinas and Ohio will add approximately 5,700 EV chargers to Duke Energy’s service areas, including about 2,200 residential EV chargers.
  • Employee programs:
    • The company is on track to install more than 200 workplace chargers for employees by the end of 2020.
    • The company offers a rebate of $3,000 to employees who purchase an EV and $1,500 to employees who choose to lease an EV.

Impacts of Duke Energy’s fleet conversion

  • Duke Energy measures reductions in CO2 emissions and petroleum annually and will reach the following levels by 2030:
    • CO2 emissions: Reduced by 60,000 metric tons per year
    • Petroleum usage: Reduced by 10 million gallons per year
  • Will reduce nitrogen oxides (NOx), volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and particulate matter (PM) emissions.

Source: Company Press Release