Duquesne Light Company announced its electric vehicle (EV) plan, including fleet conversion, education, and infrastructure. The Pittsburgh-based utility has committed to allocate at least 5% of its annual fleet purchases to EVs and related technologies.
In 2016, the company purchased plug-in hybrid passenger vehicles as well as two plug-in hybrid bucket trucks that use battery power to raise the bucket and power the vehicle when idling. For 2017, the company plans to purchase four additional plug-in trucks and will continue to evaluate technologies for fleet electrification.
Through its EV plan, Duquesne Light will boost customer education about EVs, work with local organizations to develop joint vehicle electrification projects with publicly available funds, and evaluate potential EV incentive programs throughout the region.
For its fleet electrification efforts, the utility has partnered with the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the association representing all U.S. investor-owned electric companies.