Duke Energy to Expand EV Charging in South Carolina

The three-year pilot will create a fast-charging network for electric vehicles.

October 13, 2020

GREENVILLE, S.C.—The Public Service Commission of South Carolina (PSCSC) has approved two Duke Energy electric transportation pilot programs—one focused on fast charging and the other on residential charging—that will allow South Carolina to join other states in creating an electric vehicle infrastructure, the electric company reports.

“Electric vehicles are coming to South Carolina, but more investment is needed to grow the adoption of this evolving technology and the benefits it brings to the state,” said Mike Callahan, president, Duke Energy of South Carolina. “We’re listening to our customers to ensure we understand their electrification plans and needs. These pilot programs will help prepare us to meet the challenge to ensure we can keep up with increasing demand for electrification.”

For the fast-charging program, Duke Energy will install, own and operate 60 fast chargers across Duke Energy Carolinas and Duke Energy Progress South Carolina territories. Fast chargers used in this program will feature next-generation power output of 100 kilowatts (kW) and above, keeping pace with advances in the market.

The residential EVE charging program will provide up to a total of $1,000 for 400 residential Duke Energy Carolinas customers who install a Level 2 charging station, provide access to their charging data and manage EV-charging load to occur during off-peak periods. This program will also gather current charging load data to better understand the effects of EVs on Duke Energy’s electric system and determine the ability of customers to respond to load management programs.

The pilot programs were designed to support the growing EV market in South Carolina. Expanding access to a fast-charging infrastructure will let customers who drive EVs enjoy significant fuel cost savings and help eliminate auto emissions. The results of these two programs will be available to the public through an annual stakeholder engagement process, as well as a final report submitted to the PSCSC. The programs start Jan. 1, 2021.

Several education sessions at the upcoming NACS Crack the Code Experience will examine the EV charging market, including sessions from the Fuels Institute on “Automaker Predictions for the EV Market” and “How to Succeed in the EV Market.” Both sessions go live November 2, with encore sessions November 6.

The NACS Crack the Code Experience is a five-week digital experience and curated marketplace connecting convenience retail buyers and sellers from around the globe. Running November 2 through December 4, 2020, it will feature 24/7 access to forward-looking ideas and insights, plus innovative new-to-channel products and strategic connections. There’s still time to register for your own Crack the Code Experience! Don’t delay—register today!