Duke Energy has proposed a three-year, $10.4-million pilot initiative to support the installation of charging stations in South Carolina. The pilot is comprised of four programs with the overarching goal to understand what impacts an increased adoption of EVs will have on the electric grid.
The pilot must be approved by the Public Service Commission of South Carolina before it can be offered to customers.
Duke’s programs include:
- Residential EV charging program – Provides a rebate and participation payments for as many as 400 residential customers to install Level 2 charging equipment. To qualify, customers must agree to utility management of home charging during specified hours.
- EV school bus charging station program – Provides financial support to purchase around 30 electric buses to replace older diesel buses. The program will examine usage patterns of electric school buses, test their bidirectional power flow, and study the potential to use bus batteries during disaster recovery and periods of increased energy demand.
- EV transit bus charging station program – Provides financial support to transit agencies electing to attain electric transit buses for as many as 30 charging stations.
- DC fast charging station program – Installs 30 DC fast charging stations across South Carolina, which Duke will own and operate.
“Lack of charging stations is commonly cited as a barrier to purchasing an EV,” said Lang Reynolds, Duke Energy’s manager for electric transportation initiatives. “That’s why our proposed pilot programs are designed to install a foundational level of fast charge infrastructure and better understand the effects of increasing adoption of electric transportation.”
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Source: Duke Energy