Latest Truck, a Class 6 Peterbilt, Provides 160 Kilowatts
Pacific Gas and Electric and its partner Efficient Drivetrains Inc. have unveiled a new plug-in hybrid electric truck providing as much as 160 kilowatts of export power – enough to support as many as 125 homes: “potentially eliminating planned outages while shortening unplanned outages.”
It’s the industry’s first on a Class 6 platform, PG&E says – Peterbilt 337 with PX-7 diesel engine.
The EDI upfit allows for up to 50 miles of all-electric driving with 300 more miles of driving range in hybrid mode – “a Class 6 truck,” states a release, “that reduces emissions by 80% compared to conventional vehicles.”
Two Trucks and Counting
The PHEV Peterbilt truck, configured as a flat-bed, will be used to haul materials such as transformers to job sites. PG&E has thus far taken delivery of two.
“These cutting-edge trucks not only will help us reduce our fuel costs as well as our carbon footprint, but in the event of an outage, we would be able use their exportable power capacity to supply electricity to homes and businesses,” PG&E’s Dave Meisel, senior director of transportation and aviation services,” says in a release.
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“Being able partner with a company that operates a manufacturing plant in the heart of our service area will also help us meet our goal of creating economic vitality in the communities we are privileged to serve,” he said.
EDI is based in Dixon, Calif., between San Francisco and Sacramento.
PG&E is also helping utility fleets arrange leasing of the advanced vehicles (F&F, February 5, 2016).
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Source: PG&E-EDI release with Fleets & Fuels follow-up