Progress Energy Carolinas installs 6 electric vehicle charging stations in South Carolina

  Progress Energy Carolinas installs 6 electric vehicle charging stations in
                                South Carolina

Partners with City of Florence, City of Hartsville and Florence Hilton Garden

PR Newswire

FLORENCE, S.C., Oct. 25, 2012

FLORENCE, S.C., Oct. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Progress Energy Carolinas, a
subsidiary of Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), has installed six plug-in electric
vehicle (PEV) charging stations in South Carolina, as part of its commercial
charging station research program.

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These are the first public-access charging stations Duke Energy has installed
in the state. The host sites will cover the cost of electricity during the
research project. The new stations are ready for use and two each are located

  oCity of Hartsville's Fifth Street parking lot
  oCity of Florence's parking lot, corner of Irby and Cheves Streets
  oHilton Garden Inn, 2671 Hospitality Blvd., Florence

"The adoption of plug-in electric vehicles continues to grow in our
communities and we're committed to helping ensure our infrastructure is ready
for their eventual widespread use," said Clark Gillespy, Duke Energy state
president – South Carolina. "This research project gives us insight into the
electric system's state of readiness to accommodate charging equipment, which
will help us as we transform into the transportation fuel providers of the

Data collected from the stations will help the utility evaluate charging needs
outside the home, impact on the grid and the costs and issues associated with
installing public-access charging stations. These insights will help the
utility better plan for the large-scale adoption of PEVs.

Progress Energy Carolinas has now provided 36 public-access PEV charging
stations at commercial and governmental locations.

The utility plans to have provided 40 public-access charging stations in the
Carolinas at the completion of this research project.

These are level-2 charging stations, which means they use a 240-volt circuit
instead of a standard 120-volt home outlet. A level-2 charging station can
charge a PEV three to five times faster than a typical outlet.

Progress Energy Carolinas will own and maintain the charging equipment for the
duration of the research project, which ends April 2013. Ownership and
maintenance responsibilities will transfer to the commercial customers at the
conclusion of the research project. The utility has also installed 150
charging stations at homes in its service area, as part of its "Plugged In"
residential charging station research program.

The commercial and residential charging station research programs are partly
funded through a smart grid grant from the U.S. Department of Energy as part
of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Duke Energy Carolinas, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, has also installed 150
residential charging stations at homes across the Carolinas, as part of its
Charge Carolinas program. More information about plug-in electric vehicles can
be found at

Progress Energy Carolinas, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, provides electricity
and related services to nearly 1.5 million customers in North Carolina and
South Carolina. The company is headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., and maintains a
diverse generation fleet of more than 12,200 megawatts in owned capacity. PEC
serves a territory encompassing more than 34,000 square miles, including the
cities of Raleigh, Wilmington and Asheville in North Carolina and Florence and
Sumter in South Carolina. More information is available at 

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