California-Backed Backed Program to Kick Off on Thursday
The California Energy Commission is backing development of a hybrid electric Class 5 work truck by Pacific Gas and Electric Company and Electric Vehicles International. They are to formally kick off the program at EVI headquarters in Stockton on Thursday, September 19.
The REEV, for Range-Extended Electric Vehicle utility truck, is to have an all-electric range of 45 miles and anticipated fuel savings of 30% when operated in hybrid mode.
PG&E says it accepted delivery of the first two REEV units this past summer, and purchased two additional units after a successful initial demonstration of the vehicles.
$3 Million Per Year Could Be Saved
The utility estimates that each REEV truck will save more than 850 gallons of fuel per year. “In addition, the vehicles are able to produce up to 75-kilowatts of exportable power.”
And, “By replacing all class five vehicles in its fleet with the REEV model, PG&E would save over $3 million annually in fuel costs and reduce carbon emissions by over 19 million pounds.”
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Source: PG&E with Fleets & Fuels follow-up