GHG Emissions, Utilities - February 10, 2021
Duke Energy launches eTransEnergy to help transition to EVs
Duke Energy announced on Feb. 1 the creation of eTransEnergy, a wholly owned subsidiary that will provide unregulated services to assist school districts, transit services, and companies across the country achieve their economic and sustainability goals as they transition to clean energy transportation options.
“Electrifying vehicles represents an incredible opportunity for our customers and communities to reduce carbon emissions,” Doug Esamann, executive vice president of energy solutions for Duke Energy, said in a statement. “Through eTransEnergy, we’re offering a low-risk, realistic solution for customers to transform their fleets.”
eTransEnergy works with commercial electric OEMs to provide customers with access to the vehicle that best meets their needs. Its services are available across North America. Duke Energy will work with local utilities to support updates to the energy grid and other infrastructure as needed.
“We understand the unique needs of fleet operators and our goal is to simplify the complex process of scaled electric fleet adoption,” Greg Fields, eTransEnergy managing director, said in the statement.
Duke Energy has pledged to convert 100% of its own nearly 4,000 light-duty vehicles to electric and 50% of its approximately 6,000 combined fleet of medium-duty, heavy-duty and off-road vehicles to EVs, plug-in hybrids or other zero-carbon alternatives by 2030.
To help spur EV adoption, Duke Energy is launching several pilot programs that deliver a more expansive charging infrastructure throughout its service territories. In Florida, the company’s pilot is off the ground with over 570 charging stations nearing completion. Duke Energy has received approvals for pilots in North Carolina and South Carolina as well, and has a proposal pending in Ohio.
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