The transportation sector produces more carbon dioxide emissions than any other industry in the United States. But Duke Energy is working to implement programs to trim those emissions by promoting electric transportation.
In Florida, the company’s Park and Plug program has installed over 400 public charging stations in the state, with more than 80 stations targeting lower-income neighborhoods.
Last year, those stations helped offset more than 500,000 tons of carbon dioxide. They also saved more than 27,000 gallons of gasoline. By 2022, the company will have installed more than 500 public charging stations in Florida.
In North Carolina, the company has proposed a $76 million electric transportation program, which would be the largest investment in electric vehicle infrastructure in the southeastern United States. The plan, which includes 2,000 charging stations, has received widespread support from business, customer and environmental groups. The North Carolina Utilities Commission is currently reviewing the proposal.
Under Duke Energy’s proposal, the company would offer rebates to customers for residential charging stations. It would position public fast charging stations in strategic locations around North Carolina. And it would help vehicle fleets go all electric.
Combined, we plan to support the deployment of nearly 7,500 electric vehicle chargers across our service territories, including Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Florida and the Carolinas. These deployments would support residential, fleet, public transit and highway fast charging.
Grants from Duke Energy have already helped the North Carolina cities of Raleigh, Asheville and Greensboro expand their fleets to include electric buses. In all cases, the company contributed to charging infrastructure that allowed the cities to spend more on purchasing new electric buses.
Duke Energy is also practicing what it preaches. The company has roughly 600 electric vehicles in its fleet, including 230 on-road electric vehicles.
In order to lower overall emissions, Duke Energy continues to take a proactive approach to decarbonizing the electric transportation sector – one plug at a time.