Utility vehicles: PG&E to unveil utility trucks capable of shortening or eliminating electric outages at EV Ride and Drive at San Francisco International Auto Show.
• Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will unveil the utility industry’s first plug-in electric hybrid drivetrain Class 5 work trucks featuring 120kW exportable power that can be used to shorten or eliminate planned and unplanned outages at the San Francisco International Auto Show. This exportable power technology on these trucks can power up to 100 homes during outages.
• PG&E is also sponsoring an electric vehicle ride and drive, open to the public, from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. on Monday, November 24 & Tuesday, November 25. Models from Ford, General Motors, Mercedes, BMW, Smart, & Nissan will be featured. The PG&E EDI truck will be used to charge the EVs between test drives.
About the EDI Utility Truck:
• PG&E partnered with Efficient Drivetrains Incorporated (EDI) and Altec Industries to develop the vehicles, which were designed, built and tested in the heart of California at EDI’s plant in Dixon.
• The 120kW exportable power capacity is capable of powering 80 percent of the transformers in PG&E’s service area.
• The vehicles feature an all-electric range of approximately 30 miles and will reduce emissions by up to 80 percent when compared to conventional fuel vehicles.
• PG&E estimates that each EDI truck will save the utility over 850 gallons of fuel per year.
• PG&E will begin to roll-out these vehicles across its service area in 2015.
• Dave Meisel, Senior Director of Transportation Services, PG&E
• Joerg Ferchau, CEO, EDI
• Monday, November 24, 2014
• 10:00 11:30 a.m.: Product demonstrations, interview opportunities
• Moscone South, 747 Howard Street, San Francisco. Vehicle will be staged in front of the hall.
• EDI/PG&E utility truck on display and available for demonstrations
• The EDI truck will be used to charge the electric vehicles used in the test drive
• PG&E is committed to driving economic vitality in its service area, and that is why the utility has partnered with these two locally-based companies to develop the most technologically advanced vehicles in the utility industry. The vehicles manufactured by EDI for PG&E are the first electric hybrid drivetrain to feature utility-grade exportable power in the industry. If PG&E were to replace all class five vehicles in its fleet with the EDI trucks, the utility would save over $3 million annually in fuel costs and reduce carbon emissions by over 19 million pounds.
PG&E operates the greenest utility fleet in the nation, with nearly 3,500 alternative fuel vehicles.