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Duquesne Light Partners with Uber
March 2018

​Electric companies across the country continue to transition to a cleaner energy future and to invest in smarter energy infrastructure. In February, Duquesne Light Company (DLC) and Uber announced a strategic partnership that aims to increase the number of electric vehicles (EV) on the road in the greater Pittsburgh area. The goal of the partnership is to promote the benefits of EVs for drivers, customers, and the region.

“DLC has made meaningful strides over the past year to help shape Pittsburgh’s energy future,” said Rich Riazzi, president and CEO of Duquesne Light Company. “Our partnership with Uber will amplify DLC’s efforts in educating our customers on the benefits of EV adoption and encourage more drivers to make this impactful change. Working with companies like Uber on initiatives like this exemplifies DLC’s strategic transformation into a next generation energy company.”

Because of the rapid growth of EVs on the road, DLC plans to increase the number of charging stations throughout the Pittsburgh metropolitan area.

“Finding ways to unlock more shared, electric and automated mobility is critical for cities to realize a more sustainable future,” said Adam Gromis, Uber’s Global Lead on Sustainability. “We’re excited to be working with partners in Pittsburgh in all three areas. Through this new partnership with DLC, we can start to address this challenge at the local level and join the charge to promote the delivery of more EV-miles throughout Pittsburgh and beyond.”

DLC joins many other companies, including Rocky Mountain Power, that have partnered with Uber to increase the number of EVs and charging stations on the road. The company also is looking to begin partnerships with local Pittsburgh businesses to help educate riders and drivers alike on the benefits of EVs and has committed to allocating at least five percent of its annual fleet purchases to EVs, and plans to increase its investment to more than 20 percent in 2019. DLC’s current electric fleet includes nine plug-in hybrid compact passenger vehicles, four plug-in hybrid bucket trucks and three electric forklifts.

Partnerships such as this are a great example of our industry’s commitment to cleaner energy and to giving customers the energy solutions they want.