Duke Energy unveils Park and Plug EV initiative


US utility Duke Energy Florida is installing some 530 EV charging stations to promote the clean energy transportation industry.

The utility launched its Park and Plug EV Charging pilot which will run through to 2022.

The pilot will be implemented in partnership with NovaCHARGE.

Duke Energy will work with various communities and groups to better understand EV charging habits and their impact on the grid.

The chargers will be installed for public use in multi-unit dwellings, workplaces and locations with broad public access, such as sites with high traffic or in major corridors.

10% of the EV chargers will be installed in income-qualified communities to ensure EV benefits are witnessed by all customers.

Catherine Stempien, Duke Energy Florida president. “We are bringing cleaner energy to Florida through 700 megawatts of new universal solar, and we are helping our customers to bring clean transportation to the state as well. We are committed to providing smarter, cleaner energy alternatives for all our customers.”

EV infrastructure efforts

The pilot follows the launch of the utility’s Charge Florida, a three-year study to promote EV adoption amongst residential consumers

Some 200 participants will take part in the Charge Florida initiative.

Data to be collected under the pilot include the location, time frame and length of vehicle charging, and battery ‘state-of-charge’ information.

FleetCarma has provided participants with devices to monitor vehicle charging and battery use as well as online gateways to vehicle data and statistics, such as charging history, energy consumption, battery state-of-charge and total greenhouse gas emissions saved – information that will help empower customers to increase driving and charging efficiencies.

The second phase of the initiative will include helping EV owners to modify charging behaviors to reduce straining the grid.

The programmes are part of the energy provider’s efforts to invests in new and smart technologies.

Duke is investing $6 billion in a multiyear plan to build a stronger, smarter, cleaner, more resilient energy grid to deliver the reliability and security customers expect and deserve.