Utility PG&E to Replace All of Its 942 Class 5 Work Trucks With Plug-In Hybrids

NOV 18 2013 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 6

The task of replacing all 942 of its Class 5 work trucks with plug-in hybrids is now officially underway at utility PG&E (Pacific Gas & Electric).

PG&E Service Area Map

PG&E Service Area Map

PG&E received a $2.2 million grant from the California Energy Commission and used some of that money to purchase its first plug-in hybrid Class 5 truck.

The truck, manufactured by Electric Vehicles International (EVI) in Stockton, California, has an electric-only range of up to 45 miles and is claimed to cut fuel consumption by 30% in hybrid mode, as compared to conventional Class 5 trucks.

Furthermore, the plug-in hybrid trucks can supply temporary power to the grid during planned or unplanned outages.

This is plug-in hybrid truck #1 of up to 942 that will eventually be in use at PG&E.  The utility company’s goal is to “replace all 942 of its conventional fuel Class 5 vehicles, including bucket trucks, flat beds and other service trucks, with plug-in electric hybrid models.”

 

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Bloggin
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Bloggin

This is great and makes perfect sense. The power companies throughout the nation should be the leader in the use of plug-in vehicles.

It looks like Ford F-550 Super Duty plug-in hybrids are coming quicker than expected.

“As the truck is commercialized, the battery can be made larger or smaller according to customer specifications, McKnight says. EVI will use lithium iron phosphate batteries from its Valence Technology affiliate in Austin, Texas, and has baselined a traction motor and a generator from UQM Technologies in Colorado. “http://www.showtimesdaily.com/fleetsfuels/enter-the-reev-by-evi

miimura
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miimura

“replace all 942 of its conventional fuel Class 5 vehicles, including bucket trucks, flat beds and other service trucks, with plug-in electric hybrid models.”

“conventional fuel” for PG&E is CNG. I have not seen a gasoline or diesel PG&E truck in Santa Clara County in many years. Also, for PG&E, Class 5 (F550 Equivalent) is not big. All the trucks that I see pulling cable spools or telephone poles are significantly larger. I don’t know the right terminology to describe it properly though.

scott moore
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scott moore

Yea, I was going to say… hybrid what? Most of the PG&E trucks have CNG stickers on them. If it is really a hybrid with CNG/electric, that would be quite interesting.

ClarksonCote
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EVI? Who are they? Seems like Via Motors would be upset at this announcement, I’m sure they would want the contract given their extensive development of an identical product.

ClarksonCote
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EDIT: Well, maybe I’m mistaken. Looks like these trucks are not the pick-up trucks that Via motors develops, but something larger. My bad for not understanding what “Class 5” means.

Ocean Railroader
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Ocean Railroader

This is cool considering the power company owns the fuel supply for the new trucks.