UQM Motors and Valence Batteries for Range-Extended Class 5
Pacific Gas & Electric and Electric Vehicles International unveiled the California Energy Commission-backed REEV, and said that the Range Extended Electric Vehicle is the utility industry’s first-ever Class 5 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.
The new truck has PowerPhase HD motors from Colorado’s UQM Technologies (NYSE:UQM).
“It’s the same system we use in the UPS and the Frito-Lay [battery electric] trucks,” EVI president Ricky Hanna told F&F, “except obviously there’s two motors, one for the traction side and one for the generation side.”
45 Miles on Batteries Alone, with Exportable Power
The REEV features an all-electric range of 45 miles and fuel savings of up to 30% when the units are operating in hybrid mode. PG&E accepted delivery of the first two REEV units this summer, and purchased two additional units after a successful initial demonstration of the vehicles.
Also according to the companies’ joint release, “PG&E plans to eventually replace all 942 of its conventional fuel Class 5 vehicles, including bucket trucks, flat beds, and other service trucks, with plug-in electric hybrid models, which would save the utility nearly $3.5 million in fuel costs and reduce GHG emissions by over 9,000 metric tons annually.
Valence Technology Batteries
“In addition to the fuel savings and environmental benefits that PG&E anticipates as it deploys these trucks in increasing numbers, the trucks also offer up to 75 kilowatts of exportable power that could be used to provide power to the grid during planned or unplanned outages, and the utility is working closely with EVI to move that number even higher.”
A new high-power battery module is supplied by EVI’s Valence Technology (OTC:VLNCQ) affiliate in Texas.
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Source: PG&E and EVI with Fleets & Fuels follow-up