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Duke Energy Subsidiary to Help Transition Commercial Fleets to EVs

Feb. 11, 2021
eTransEnergy offers a low-risk solution for customers to transform fleets, achieve economic and sustainability goals.

Duke Energy recently announced a major step to help large businesses and municipalities with all the planning, financing, acquisition, and deployment services to electrify their fleets. The company, eTransEnergy LLC, a new, wholly-owned subsidiary, 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.

Commercial fleets looking for reduced emissions, less noise, better performance, and lower operating costs now have one comprehensive source for transitioning their fleets to electric vehicles (EVs), from start to finish.  

"Electrifying vehicles represents an incredible opportunity for our customers and communities to reduce carbon emissions," said Doug Esamann, executive vice president of energy solutions for Duke Energy. "Through eTransEnergy, we're offering a low-risk, realistic solution for customers to transform their fleets."

As a Duke Energy company, eTransEnergy professionals offer many years of combined experience working with commercial electric fleets, managing total cost of ownership and maintaining the supporting infrastructure. Customers will benefit from this knowledge through comprehensive infrastructure planning, smart charging technology, on-site solar energy generation, battery backup options, and other aspects of EV fleet management.

With eTransEnergy services available across North America, Duke Energy will work with local utilities to support updates to the energy grid and other infrastructure as needed. eTransEnergy works with commercial electric original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to provide customers with access to the vehicle that best meets their needs.

Greg Fields, eTransEnergy managing director, said: "We understand the unique needs of fleet operators and our goal is to simplify the complex process of scaled electric fleet adoption."

Duke Energy has pledged to convert 100% of its nearly 4000 light-duty vehicles to electric and 50% of its approximately 6000 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, the company 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 more than 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.

For more information on eTransEnergy, visit here.

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