Duke Energy says it’s taking its efforts to improve energy efficiency to a new level by implementing a new energy-saving technology in a new car.
The company said it’s using its new energy efficiency and power management software to help power up cars at a rate that’s 50 percent faster than when it’s on standby, according to a release from Duke.
The company said the new system uses the power from the engine to power up the battery to keep the car from being plugged in for long periods of time.
“The faster we get to charge it, the more energy we save,” said Jim T. Miller, the head of energy systems at Duke Energy.
The new system requires less electricity and requires less battery charge, which is a major step toward reducing the amount of energy we need to use to drive.
“It’s really a huge deal for our customers,” Miller said.
The car can now drive without any energy needed.
“This is a great day for everyone who drives in the future,” Miller added.
The program started this week, and it’ll be available nationwide in the next two months, according with the company.
The software will be available on new vehicles from January 1, 2018 through January 15, 2018.
Miller said he hopes the new car can reduce the amount people are spending on fuel.
“We’re seeing more people who are driving for a living and they’re not using a lot of fuel.
They’re using more than their fair share of fuel.”
Duke said it expects to sell 2 million vehicles by the end of the year, and Miller expects sales to reach 6 million by the start of 2020.