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 CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Duke Power (NYSE: DUK) is helping to make electric vehicles in the Piedmont Carolinas a reality.
 The company established a special electric rate for charging electric vehicles in an effort to create the framework necessary to support the new technology.
 The rate, approved by the North Carolina Utilities Commission and the Public Service Commission of South Carolina, is specifically intended for electricity used in charging electric vehicles licensed for operation on public streets and highways.
 "Part of our electric vehicle research includes providing customers with affordable electricity for fueling electric vehicles," said Tim Shawver, Duke Power's electric vehicle program manager. "We also intend to learn about the business applications of electric vehicles firsthand in order to be a more knowledgeable resource for our customers."
 Electricity for charging the electric vehicles will cost about 3 cents per kilowatt-hour (or about 100 miles per dollar) in the evenings and on weekends, and 9 cents per kilowatt-hour during peak hours.
 The new electric vehicle rate is considered a pilot project and will allow Duke Power to test the metering equipment and pricing components and to evaluate customer acceptance. The rate will also allow Duke to estimate the potential for shifting the energy used to charge electric vehicles to off-peak periods.
 "We believe there is significant potential for the EV market in this area due largely to the growing population and the fact that electric vehicles provide many environmental benefits," said Shawver. "There are no exhaust fumes, coolant or waste oil with EVs, and they require very little maintenance -- no oil changes, emissions tests or tune-ups."
 For more information on electric vehicles or the new electric vehicle rate, customers can contact Terry Chance at 704-382-5297 or Tim Shawver at 704-382-4449.
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 /CONTACT: Marianna Mason of Duke Power, 704-382-8374 or (24-hour) 704-594-0681/

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