Work trucks shorten or eliminate electric outages

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Utility work trucks: PG&E to unveil pickup trucks capable of shortening or eliminating electric outages at San Francisco International Auto Show.

WHAT
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will unveil the utility industry’s first plug-in electric hybrid drivetrain Class 3 pickup trucks featuring 100kW 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 80 homes during outages. This follows PG&E’s unveiling of a class 5 utility truck on Monday at the auto show. Both vehicles are the first vehicles of their kind in the nation.

About the EDI Pickup 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 100kW exportable power capacity is capable of powering 80 homes during power outages.
• The vehicles feature an all-electric range of up to 40 miles and will reduce emissions by up to 80 percent when compared to conventional fuel vehicles.
• PG&E will begin to roll-out these vehicles across its service area in 2015.

WHO
• Dave Meisel, Senior Director of Transportation Services, PG&E
• Jason King & Fiona Chan, PG&E Corporate Relations

WHEN
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
1:00 p.m. ­ 4:00.m.: Product demonstrations, interview opportunities

WHERE
PG&E booth in Moscone South, 747 Howard Street, San Francisco.

VISUALS
EDI/PG&E pickup truck on display and available for demonstrations
The EDI truck will be used to charge the electric vehicles used in the booth

WHY
PG&E is committed to driving economic vitality in its service area, and that is why the utility has partnered with EDI, a locally-based company, 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 3500 pickup trucks in its fleet with the EDI trucks, the utility would save over $9 million annually in fuel costs.

PG&E operates the greenest utility fleet in the nation, with nearly 3,500 alternative fuel vehicles.

CONTACT
PG&E: Jason King (415) 725-4658

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