Duke Energy releases flat-rate EV charging tariff in North Carolina


Duke Energy is launching a flat-rate pilot with carmakers General Motors, Ford and BMW. The ‘EV Complete Home Charging Plan’ will allow customers in North Carolina to use up to 800 kWh per month to charge an EV at home for a fixed monthly fee.

“The average EV owner is already saving about $1,000 per year on fuel costs compared to a traditional vehicle – a predictable monthly subscription charge on top of that will ensure predictable savings when charging,” said Kendal Bowman, Duke Energy North Carolina state president.

The company estimates the average EV driver uses less than 15 kWh on a given day, adding up to 450 kWh in a month, meaning the pilot will offer nearly twice the amount per month needed by the average driver.

To get 800 kWh in included charging, EV drivers in Duke Energy’s Carolinas service area will pay 19.99 dollars flat and $24.99 in the Duke Energy Progress service area.

Enrollment will happen via the respective EV manufacturer and start this month before the program launches on 1 November.

Duke Energy is working with General Motors, Ford, and BMW of North America as a part of the Open Vehicle Grid Integration Platform (OVGIP). OVGIP data will allow the utility to measure customer charging data directly from the enrolled vehicles, eliminating the need to install a second meter. Each automaker owns and manages its charging application that communicates through OVGIP.

Using these apps during the pilot, participants will input their desired time to reach a specific state of charge, and their automaker will optimize their EV charging schedule to meet their specific needs while attempting to avoid charging during the grid’s peak hours, writes the utility.

To further support grid-balancing behaviour, Duke will also send demand response notifications to pilot participants, informing them when to avoid charging an EV.

“EV charging has the added benefit of flexibility, meaning charging can be managed – such as shifting charging to off-peak hours – which is important in limiting cost increases and mitigating peak demands,” said Harry Sideris, executive VP of customer experience at Duke Energy. “Duke Energy has been strategically planning and enabling the grid for a future with many more EVs on the road – and is also making data-driven investments to improve reliability, strengthen the grid, expand technologies and provide customers with the intelligent information they need to make smart energy choices and save money.”

Duke Energy started a pilot project on bidirectional charging with Ford F-150 vehicles in Florida to support V2G technology in 2022.

The utility reportedly targets converting 10,000 vehicles to electric by 2030 in its own fleet. This includes 4,000 light-duty vehicles (everything from sedans to SUVs), 6,000 medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, and off-road vehicles. Notably, the pledge only extends to 50% of the medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, meaning Duke targets 70% of their total vehicle fleet to be electric in the medium term.

Duke already operates 600 battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles and says they encourage EV use.

The company’s electric utilities serve 8.2 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, collectively owning 50,000 megawatts of energy capacity.


about „Duke Energy releases flat-rate EV charging tariff in North Carolina“
Charles R Owens
06.09.2023 um 06:32
Hope Duke Energy includes Nissan EVs in this program soon. I recently bought a Nissan LEAF. If Nissan is not part of the program do to lack of energy used data maybe my charger can help. It displays a monthly total of kWh s used for charging my car here at my home. Display the total in my phone application. Would be nice if I could provide that monthly info to Duke Energy to participate in such a program.
A Peterson
07.09.2023 um 21:54
Curious why Tesla is not part of this program. Given sales data on EVs, Tesla must be the most commonly owned EV of Duke's customer population and far and away exceeds EV ownership of the 3 brands covered by a large margin. If Duke's goal is to promote EV ownership, why not include the most popular EV on the road?
10.09.2023 um 21:18
Tesla is not included because they would never agree to such a lopsided agreement. This is charging ev owners for more per month e en if they don't use it.
David M.
09.09.2023 um 06:14
I would be very wary of anything Duke energy does. They, along with help from the NC Legislature, are in the process of killing off the home solar energy in North Carolina.
Wesley Stiles
10.09.2023 um 17:42
O.k. so the utility is saying plug in your EV at these times, ha,lols,people are going to come home plug In They're EV go inside turn on lights appliances hvac plug in cell phones tablets laptops etc.,only select few are Goin to be conservative enough to actually abide...
11.09.2023 um 22:45
Most EVs have an option that lets you charge during off peak hours. Even my 2014 Chevy Volt can do that. And a lot of people use that because it's cheaper. So you can plug in whenever you get home but the car doesn't start charging until after 7pm or whatever you set it to.
Fred Moseley
10.09.2023 um 18:24
So on top of paying for the electricity to charge your vehicle you will pay this tariff and be part of their "program" lol. I knew for a fact this was gonna happen and guess what? This is only the beginning of the additional fees. Those fools that said driving and owning an ev would be less is expensive wrong again. Yea I'll stick to petroleum operated variety thank you.
11.09.2023 um 22:46
Pretty sure that is not what the article says. It's a flat rate for the charging power you need and it's above what most people actually use.
11.09.2023 um 15:56
They've got a long way to go to make up the difference in cost savings though. It costs me about 1/6 to 1/8 to charge versus what I was spending on gasoline. Next year's model will be going ~33% farther with new battery tech (and continues to improve year after year) so we will save more there anyway
Michael Cade
10.09.2023 um 19:22
Probably because Tesla doesn't talk to anyone
10.09.2023 um 21:08
I only fill up my car once a month, occasionally twice, with gas. This is so much more charging than I would need, but also more than I would pay for what I really need.
10.09.2023 um 21:09
This is only a good deal if you drive the "right" amount. If you drive much less or more, why would you want this?
R. Hefner
10.09.2023 um 23:18
I suppose that I the taxpayer will subsidize this. This is frustrating since most electric vehicles are purchased by high income individuals. Why doesn't Duke give their average income customers a break with electricity bills. Looks like elites taking care of elites.
11.09.2023 um 03:23
Only Duke Energy could dare offer a “special” that costs almost double their market rate. At roughly 13c/kWh, the 800kWh ought to cost around $10.50, not $20.
11.09.2023 um 15:14
Dude where you learn to math? 13 cents times 800 kWh is $104, more than 5 times the $20 they charge for it.

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