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PG&E Arranges PHEV Truck Lease Program

February 5, 2016 in Electric Drive, EVs, money available, utilities by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Focus Is on EDI Vehicles with Power Export Capability:
Lessors Will Be Able to Get PHEVs at Conventional Prices
AND They’ll Enjoy the Fuel-Savings Advantages for Ten Years

Pacific Gas & Electric, one of the leaders of a national drive by utilities to electrify their fleets, has helped arrange a new leasing program allowing smaller operators to reap the advantages of fuel-saving plug-in hybrid electric vehicles with power export capability – without paying extra.
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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.
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CPUC Extends PG&E Ruling

November 10, 2015 in Alternative Fuels, Electric Drive by Jon LeSage  |  No Comments

Charger Proposal Gaining Opposition

San-Francisco-based Pacific Gas & Electric’s plan to deploy 25,000 Level II electric vehicle chargers and 100 fast chargers, filed in February, has been revised and put on hold by the California Public Utilities Commission. CPUC is seeking public comments on the PG&E revised plan through the end of this month.
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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.
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PG&E Donates EDI Truck to Napa

August 28, 2015 in Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Start of Initiative to Familiarize Fire Departments with EVs
Furnish Them with Source of Reliable Power in Emergencies

Pacific Gas & Electric has donated a “state-of-the-art” plug-in hybrid electric truck to the City of Napa, Calif. as part of the town’s commemoration of last year’s South Napa earthquake.
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iChargeForward Moves BMW Forward

August 4, 2015 in Electric Drive, EVs, Infrastructure, Research, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Automaker and PG&E Utility Explore EV-Grid Options

BMW said Monday that its iChargeForward program, under which drivers of battery electric BMW i3 vehicles are asked to forego their charging for an hour during times of high demand, has begun. iChargeForward is a joint initiative with the Pacific Gas & Electric utility.
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‘Electrify Your Fleet’ Webinar Wrap

March 24, 2015 in ACT Expo 2015, Conference/Meeting, Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids, webinar by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

PG&E Sees Hybrid Promise, Odyne Offers Hybrid Vehicles

Utilities like Pacific Gas & Electric see the promise of both fuel savings and improved service capabilities from such electrified vehicles as plug in hybrids, and companies like Odyne stand ready to supply them.
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PG&E Seeks Rebates for Customers

March 19, 2015 in EVs, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Money for Home Charging and CNG Fills Would Come from LCFS Credits

Pacific Gas & Electric has filed a proposal with the California Public Utilities Commission to provide rebates to customers who charge their electric vehicles at home or fuel natural gas vehicles at PG&E-owned compressed natural gas fueling stations.


PG&E says it’s asked the California Public Utilities Commission to approve rebates for customers who charge their electric vehicles at home or fuel their natural gas vehicles at PG&E-owned CNG fueling stations. Leviton's Evr-Green 160 home fueling unit is shown here.

PG&E says it’s asked the California Public Utilities Commission to approve rebates for customers who charge their electric vehicles at home or fuel their natural gas vehicles at PG&E-owned CNG fueling stations. Leviton’s Evr-Green 160 home fueling unit is shown here.

“If the CPUC approves, PG&E could begin issuing rebates in the second half of 2016,” the utility said Wednesday.

  • PG&E proposes a one-time rebate for each electric vehicle, with single customers eligible for multiple rebates if they own several EVs.
  • For customers who fuel their cars at one of PG&E’s CNG stations, rebates would be provided annually based on fuel usage.

Funding for the rebates would come from credits earned under California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard program – not from customer rates, PG&E says.

Estimated rebate amounts will be provided by PG&E to the CPUC in September.


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Source: Pacific Gas & Electric with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

 

 

Electrify Your Fleet Webinar March 18

March 3, 2015 in ACT Expo 2015, batteries, Conference/Meeting, Electric Drive, event, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

PG&E and Odyne to Outline the Increasing Range of Options

Tune in for another ACT Expo preview as organizers, working with the support of the Electric Drive Transportation Association, host the Electrify Your Fleet webinar at 11:00am Pacific (2:00pm Eastern) time on Wednesday, March 18.
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PG&E Proposes Huge EV Charger Network

February 9, 2015 in EVs, Infrastructure by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Utility Would Install 25,000 Level II Stations, Starting in 2017

San Francisco-based Pacific Gas & Electric has disclosed plans to deploy 25,000 Level II electric vehicle chargers, plus 100 DC fast chargers, as part of a five-year, roughly $650 million ratepayer-backed program commencing in 2017. updated February 11

San Francisco-based PG&E wants to install 25,000 Level II chargers across its northern California service area.

San Francisco-based PG&E wants to install 25,000 Level II chargers across its northern California service area.

The utility’s stated goal is to help boost the number of EV drivers and thus help California meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals.

PG&E filed an application for the initiative with the California Public Utilities Commission this morning. PG&E hopes for a “speedy approval,” allowing it to commence the installation of chargers in 2017 and continue for five years.

‘Inputs From All Market Players’

“We plan on going through a competitive process and soliciting inputs from all market players,” PG&E electric vehicles director James Ellis told reporters. A solicitation will likely appear next year.

The 25,000 chargers will account for an estimated quarter of the estimated 100,000 units needed to support the state’s GHG reduction plan by 2020, PG&E says. “We’re leaving the rest of the 75% to other market companies,” Ellis said.

The program would increase the number of chargers in the PG&E service area eight-fold.

Costs to ‘Be Shared By All Electric Customers’

According to the CPUC filing, “PG&E estimates that it will incur capital costs of $551 million and operating expenses of $103 million over the approximate five-year term of its EV program. PG&E requests that the Commission authorize PG&E to collect an annual revenue requirement to recover these costs. The peak revenue requirement is projected to be $103 million in 2020.”


“The cost of PG&E’s plan, if approved, would be shared by all electric customers as a contribution to helping the state meet its clean air and climate goals,” states the Monday announcement.

Click image for PG&E summary of its proposed EV charger build-out, and a video.

Click image for PG&E summary of its proposed EV charger build-out, and a video.

‘A Vital Step’

“We want to be able to drive the adoption of alternative fuel vehicles,” said Laurie Giammona, senior VP and chief customer officer. “Electric vehicles are a vital step toward a more secure energy future.”

“We have to get many many many more vehicles on the market,” said Ellis. “It’s going to take some investment and it’s going to take everyone working together.”

The new chargers, PG&E says are to be located at commercial and public locations, including multi-family dwellings, retail centers, and workplaces. Approximately 10% would be installed to support disadvantaged communities. PG&E further pledges to provide tools and educational materials for site hosts and customers to learn about the benefits of electric vehicles.

‘No Cost to the Site Host’

The new chargers are to be provided “at no cost to the site host.

“PG&E proposes to own all of the infrastructure, but contract with third parties to build, install and maintain the chargers and manage customer billing,” states the program announcement. A service provider would buy the electricity at a commercial rate and sell it to EV drivers making use of the PG&E network. Prices are likely to vary according to time of day, but will be the same across the network.

The utility further notes that more than 60,000 plug-in electric vehicles are currently registered in its service area, representing more than a fifth of all EVs in the United States.

Effect on Rates

All of the 25,000 stations PG&E proposes to build would have Level 2 chargers, which provide up to 25 miles of range for every hour of charging. To support travel between metropolitan areas, PG&E would also install 100 DC fast chargers, which can recharge an EV’s battery in only 30 minutes.

PG&E wants to make it easier for drivers of such cars as this Nissan Leaf in San Francisco to charge.

PG&E wants to make it easier for drivers of cars such as this Nissan Leaf in San Francisco to charge.

“The total impact on system average bundled rates would be minimal in 2016 and 2017 and would average only a tenth of a cent per kilowatt-hour over the next five years of the program,” PG&E says. “A typical residential customer would pay about 70 cents more per month over the period 2018 to 2022.”

PG&E says that it’s “a strong supporter of transportation electrification for a cleaner environment,” with “more than 1,200 electric-base vehicles in its fleet.”

ChargePoint Disagrees, Strongly

ChargePoint, which recently won a major contact for an EV charger network with Kansas City Power & Light (F&F, January 26), blasted the PG&E plan.

“ChargePoint has been successful because it supports flexibility for the site owner to decide what pricing and features are best for them to attract the EV driving public,” CEO Pasquale Romano said in a release. “ChargePoint prides itself in providing the features required by EV drivers for a seamless driving and charging experience.”

Utilities, ChargePoint maintains, should limit themselves to installing needed infrastructure.

“PG&E’s proposal will hamper the industry, is bad for ratepayers, bad for EV drivers and bad for California’s emissions reduction goals,” Romano said.


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Source: Pacific Gas & Electric with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

 

 

 

PG&E Support for CNG: 16,000 NGVs

January 26, 2015 in CNG, Companies, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Utility Says Its CNG Offset 3 Million Gallons of Gasoline in 2014

Compressed natural gas supplied through two dozen public access fueling outlets “helped California drivers swap 3 million gallons of gasoline for cleaner natural gas in 2014,” the San Francisco-based Pacific Gas & Electric utility said last week.
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BMW and PG&E for iChargeForward EVs

January 6, 2015 in batteries, Electric Drive, EVs, Infrastructure, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Pilot Program Is to Show How EVs Can Improve Power Grid Efficiency:
EV Owners Will Be Paid to Defer Their Charging When Grid Is Stressed

BMW and northern California’s Pacific Gas & Electric utility are promoting BMW iChargeForward, a two-part pilot program that aims to reduce the cost of electric vehicle ownership while demonstrating the ability to integrate renewable energy into the power grid.
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More EDI Plug-In Trucks for PG&E

November 24, 2014 in Electric Drive, Fleet Order, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

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.
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EEI Electric Fleets at the White House

November 18, 2014 in Education, Electric Drive, event, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Utility Group Re-Avows 5% Plug-In Electric Vehicle Goal

The Edison Electric Institute, joined by top utility members including Pacific Gas & Electric, re-affirmed their common goal of fleet electrification at the White House today. U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and John Podesta, counselor to the president, were on hand with PG&E Corp chairman, CEO and president Tony Earley and EEI president Tom Kuhn.
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PG&E Shows EDI-Altec Hybrids

September 17, 2014 in Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

A Plug-In Hybrid Class 5 Work Truck and a Class 5 Bucket Truck:
One with 120kW Exportable Power, Other with All-Electric Topside

Pacific Gas and Electric Company and Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. is unveiling two new Class 5 plug-in hybrid electric trucks at EDI headquarters in Dixon, Calif. this morning. The EDI work truck, based on a Ford F-550 chassis, features 120 kilowatts of exportable power that can be used to shorten or eliminate planned and unplanned outages.
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PG&E Backs EEI on Fleet Electrification

August 3, 2014 in Conference/Meeting, Education, Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Utilities Urged to Devote 5% of New Spending to Electrified Vehicles

Pacific Gas & Electric and the Washington, D.C.-based Edison Electric Institute are challenging other utilities to double down their investments on electric drive and electrified vehicles – “a goal that represents an estimated $50 million of new investment in electric vehicles across the industry and would deliver economic and environmental benefits for utilities and customers.”
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EEI’s Utility Fleet Electrification Plan

July 23, 2014 in Electric Drive, EVs, Publications by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Association Wants Members to Spend 5% of Their Fleet Money on EVs

The Washington, D.C. based Edison Electric Institute is urging its utility members to walk the walk and step up the deployment of electric vehicles in their own fleets – EEI has issued a 74-page white paper that “encourages investor-owned electric utilities to meet an industry-wide goal to spend at least 5% of annual fleet acquisition budgets on plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) and technologies.” updated August 1

'Now is the time to start electrifying our fleets,' says EEI – 'We must continue to strengthen our efforts and lead by example.'

‘Now is the time to start electrifying our fleets,’ says EEI – ‘We must continue to strengthen our efforts and lead by example.’

“We must continue to strengthen our efforts and lead by example,” EEI president Tom Kuhn says in the white paper announcement. “One way we can do that is by leveraging our industry’s buying power to purchase more PEVs for our fleets.”

“The white paper released today is a road map for a long-term, coordinated effort to further spur the development of electric vehicle technologies in the electric transportation market,” Kuhn said.

‘Good Business Sense’

An EEI Electric Transportation Task Force, chaired by Pacific Gas & Electric president and CEO Tony Earley and Portland General Electric president and CEO Jim Piro, is to “champion the issue of electrification by increasing the awareness, opportunities, and activities related to electrification within the utility industry; collaborating with automakers and other stakeholders; and educating the public at large about the benefits of electric vehicles and technologies.”

“Plug-in cars and trucks can make good business sense whether you’re a utility or any other business that operates a fleet of vehicles,” Piro says in the EEI announcement. “At PGE, we’ve been working hard to support electric vehicle policy and infrastructure in Oregon, but we’ve also done the internal analysis and piloting needed to confirm it’s time to build fleet electrification into our own budget. We encourage other utilities to do the same.”

‘Rolling Billboards and Engagement Tools’

“Expanding the use of plug-in technologies is one of the most important opportunities we have as a country to continue diversifying our energy usage and achieve our clean energy goals,” said PG&E’s Earley. “Electrifying our fleets is about showing consumers that plug-in technology is thriving and delivers real benefits that make sense for us and our customers.”

“The utility fleet is the point of the spear,” states the EEI white paper, titled Transportation Electrification: Utility Fleets Leading the Charge.

“Now is the time to start electrifying our fleets,” it states, describing utility fleet vehicles as “rolling billboards and engagement tools.”


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Source: Edison Electric Institute with Fleets & Fuels follow-up



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