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PG&E Maintains the Momentum for EVs

November 23, 2015 in Electric Drive, event, EVs, EVSE, Fleet Order, utilities by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Stages Auto Show Ride-and-Drive, Installs Workplace Chargers,
Expects January Delivery of Nine More Power-Out EDI Plug-Ins

San Francisco-based Pacific Gas & Electric continues its drive toward electrified transportation, sponsoring a morning ride-and-drive as the San Francisco International Auto Show opened at the city’s Moscone Center today.

Lauren Figueroa of Stewart Chevrolet Cadillac (Colma, Calif.) charged a 2016 Chevy Volt using electricity from an EDI truck at the PG&E ride-and-drive event in San Francisco this morning.

Lauren Figueroa of Stewart Chevrolet Cadillac (Colma, Calif.) charged a 2016 Chevy Volt using electricity from an EDI truck at the PG&E ride-and-drive event in San Francisco this morning.



PG&E advised too that it’s acquiring nine more of the Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. work trucks that it likes for their power output capabilities. The plug-in hybrid electric EDI trucks have enough battery and integrated driveline capability to power a building or small neighborhood in case of mishap or work on equipment, such as transformer replacement.

“No more planned outages,” says PG&E transportation director Dave Meisel.

EDI Transforms Ford and GM Vehicles

The new trucks will be combination of Ford F-150 and GM 3500 pickups he told F&F today.

EDI power export equipment on a Ford F-550 work truck.

EDI power export equipment on a Ford F-550 work truck operated by Pacific Gas & Electric.

An EDI truck was used to charge electric vehicles at the San Francisco Auto Show ride-and-drive.

PG&E continues to urge its employees to drive electric vehicles, too. An event at a PG&E office in San Ramon, in San Ramon, east of San Francisco , earlier this year (F&F, March 6) resulted in sales of some 700 EVs and PHEVs by local dealers, Meisel says.

More Workplace Chargers

PG&E is now augmenting an initial 20 Level 2 chargers at its Bishop Road office complex there with 84 new ones from ChargePoint. Employees pay for the electricity their cars use there – but at whole rates.


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Source: Fleets & Fuels with PG&E at the San Francisco Auto Show

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