Duke Energy will install 530 electric vehicle charging stations within its Florida service area over the next year, the Charlotte, North Carolina-based utility announced this week.
The EV charger installations are part of a pilot project, Park and Plug, that runs through 2022, according to the release. Duke Energy is working with various communities and groups to install the units for public use at apartments, work sites and other venues with high traffic counts.
“I’m excited about the opportunities the Park and Plug pilot program will provide for our customers throughout the state,” Catherine Stempien, Duke Energy Florida president, said in the release. “We are bringing cleaner energy to Florida through 700 megawatts of new universal solar, and we are helping our customers to bring clean transportation to the state as well. We are committed to providing smarter, cleaner energy alternatives for all our customers.”
NovaCHARGE LC was selected by Duke Energy to supply equipment, install the charging stations and integreat services for the Park and Plug pilot program. Host sites which apply and are selected by the utility will work directly with NovaCHARGE to have equipment installed.
“We are truly honored to have been selected by Duke Energy Florida to manage the rollout of the new Park and Plug program,” said Helda Rodriguez, NovaCHARGE president. “We look forward to working with Duke Energy and expanding EV infrastructure throughout Florida.”
The Park and Plug program is designed so that 10 percent of the charging stations will be installed in income-qualified communities to “make the benefits of cleaner electric transportation available to all customers,” according to the release.