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PG&E Steps Up Its Fleet Electrification

October 16, 2015 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids, utilities by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Vows to Invest a Third of Annual Fleet Buys in EVs & PHEVs
Over the Next Five Years – Totaling More than $100 Million

Pacific Gas & Electric, citing the usefulness of exportable power for disaster relief, vowed this week to invest one-third of its annual fleet purchases in electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles over the next five years, totaling more than $100 million.

PG&E utility truck with power export capability .. photo courtesy EDI, Efficient Drivetrains, Inc.

PG&E utility truck with power export capability .. photo courtesy EDI, Efficient Drivetrains, Inc.

PG&E said that it now operates approximately 1,400 plug-in electric and electric hybrid vehicles, one of the largest fleets of plug-ins in the nation. The utility already dedicates about 15% of its fleet budget to plug-in electric technology, “many times the five-year industry average of 1.7%.”

The $100 million commitment will add more than 750 plug-in electric units to PG&E’s fleet of over 14,000 vehicles, roughly double the current pace, the company said.

Payback in Less than Five Years

“The electrification of our transportation system will be essential in helping California to meet its long-term goals for greenhouse gas reductions. Converting more of our fleets to electric vehicles is a powerful way for the utility industry to take the lead and set an example,” PG&E Corp chairman, CEO and president Tony Earley said in a release.

“We are seeing full payback on the increased initial investment in less than five years in many cases,” said David Meisel, senior director of transportation services for the PG&E utility. “In addition to the fuel savings, we’re seeing dramatically lower vehicle emissions and a better on-the-job experience for our crews,” he said.

EDI Is on the Job

PG&E cites the example of an electric truck with exportable power providing power to a church shelter in Calaveras County during last month’s wildfires. “The truck stayed on site for two days, providing all the power the center needed until a replacement generator could be brought in,” PG&E says.

PG&E supplier Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. reports that it assisted Red Cross relief efforts during the fires, providing – via mobile power export technology – “around the clock support and uninterrupted power supply to the evacuation camps – powering the lighting, emergency kitchen infrastructure, charging evacuee cell phones, laptops, and other critical equipment.”

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Source: PG&E with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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