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 of understanding the impact increased EV adoption will have on the electrical grid:
- Residential EV Charging Program – Provides rebates for up to 400 residential customers to install Level 2 charging equipment. 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. 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.
- EV Transit Bus Charging Station Program – Provides financial support to transit agencies for up to 30 electric bus 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