Utility Expects to Take Ten More Plug-In Trucks in 2015
Pacific Gas & Electric expects to deploy another ten plug-in hybrid electric trucks with drivelines from Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. of Dixon, Calif. in 2015, the utility said this morning. PG&E currently has three, two with power export capability.
PG&E advocates electrification of its fleet both to save fuel and for significant operational advantages. The EDI trucks have idle-eliminating electric aerial booms or can export up to 120 kilowatts of power.
For planned work, that’s enough electricity to allow replacement of 80% of PG&E’s approximately 2 million transformers with no neighborhood outages, says senior transportation director Dave Meisel.
Two EDI Trucks on Display This Week
For disaster relief, the power output can power neighborhoods and hospitals and other installations as repairs are made.
PG&E showed two EDI-drive trucks at the San Francisco Auto Show: one was put to work charging battery vehicles for the event’s ride-and-drive, and the second – a new model based on a Chevrolet Silverado 3500 crew cab pickup, is on display inside.
Taking It to the Top
PG&E’s Meisel recently joined other utility executives, and the Edison Electric Institute, in promoting the benefits of utility fleet electrification at the White House (F&F, November 18).
“We believe plug-in technology is the answer for the country,” Meisel says. And, he told F&F, “The EDI drive is beating everything we’ve seen, hands-down.”
Key EDI component suppliers include EnerDel for lithium ion batteries (F&F, September 17).
The San Francisco Auto Show runs through November 29.
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Source: Fleets & Fuels with PG&E at the San Francisco Auto Show