Electric Vehicles

September 24, 2014

Electric Vehicles Widen Their Clean-Air Advantage

New research shows that electric vehicles in states that mostly use coal-fired power may in some cases be a bit less clean than the most efficient gasoline-powered hybrids, like the Toyota Prius. But, as Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, that’s not true in PG&E’s service area, where more than half the electricity that customers use comes from sources that emit no greenhouse gases.

July 31, 2014

PG&E, Edison Electric Institute Urge Utilities to Add More Electric Fleet Vehicles

Increased electrification of utility fleets could lead the way for broader adoption of plug-in technologies and will help save on fuel, maintenance and reduce emissions.

July 29, 2014

PG&E Leads the Nation in Offering Electric Vehicle Rates

Growing number of plug-in electric vehicle owners in PG&E’s service area now have access to special EV charging rates that aim to keep costs affordable.

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July 8, 2014

PG&E Launches Employee Vehicle Charging Pilot Program

In keeping with its strong support for clean transportation, PG&E is giving employees an opportunity to charge plug-in electric vehicles at selected company locations in Northern and Central California. Employees will pay market rates for electricity through personal accounts.

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May 1, 2014

PG&E Collaborates on UC Davis Campus Home That’s the Ultimate in Energy Savings

A zero-net-energy house on the UC Davis campus uses less than half the energy of a typical house of the same size. In fact, the house, sponsored by Honda and PG&E, generates more energy than it uses and is three times more water efficient, too.

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February 18, 2014

How PG&E Met the Challenge of Electric Vehicles

As more pure electrics and plug-in hybrids hit the roads, PG&E has been paying close attention to the adequacy of local infrastructure in EV-friendly neighborhoods. Also, as Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, PG&E and other utilities have created special rate plans to incent owners to charge at night, when circuits have plenty of excess capacity.

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January 13, 2014

FleetOwner Magazine Tabs PG&E as Top Vocational Fleet

PG&E has been ranked as the top vocational fleet in the United States by FleetOwner Magazine’s 12th Annual Fleet of the Year Awards for demonstrating innovation and excellence in its fleet operations.

January 9, 2014

Clean Energy Poll: And the Winner is . . .

Americans are largely united behind renewable energy and clean transportation, according to a new national consumer survey by Navigant Research — especially solar and wind power, as Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog.

December 12, 2013

Electric Vehicles: More Affordable Than You Think

As Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, millions of American consumers are unaware of how affordable electric vehicles have become.

December 3, 2013

Micro-Hybrids Lower the Cost of Fuel Economy

More and more automakers and customers, as Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, are discovering the modest and affordable virtues of smaller batteries in vehicles known as micro-hybrids.

September 24, 2013

PG&E Adds Welcome as EV Week 2013 Comes to the Bay Area

EV Week is in full swing in San Francisco. Later this week, the chance to learn about and test-drive electric vehicles moved to Palo Alto and San Jose. PG&E’s Greg Pruett and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee were among those who opened the three-city, five-day event.

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September 19, 2013

VIDEO: In Stockton, PG&E Reveals Utility Industry’s First Electric Hybrid Work Trucks

PG&E today showcased the utility industry’s first electric hybrid drivetrain Class 5 work trucks, which will offer fuel savings as well as exportable energy that can be used to power the grid during planned or unplanned outages. Built by Electric Vehicles International in Stockton, the trucks were designed and tested in partnership with PG&E and the California Energy Commission.

September 13, 2013

Key to Future of Electric Vehicles May Reside in Bay Area’s Lithium-Ion Gulch

A decade from now, the East Bay’s Hayward-Milpitas corridor may be known worldwide as Lithium-Ion Gulch. As Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, that stretch of business parks connected by I-880 is home to a growing number of battery technology startups that could help revolutionize the electric vehicle industry.

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July 23, 2013

At San Francisco Event, PG&E Shows It Has a Green Vehicle for Any Job

Bucket trucks. Service-body trucks. Pickups. Passenger cars. In San Francisco’s Justin Herman Plaza, PG&E displayed its range of green fleet vehicles as part of a plug-in electric vehicle conference. This green fleet roadshow demonstrated that if there’s a job to do at PG&E, the utility has a green vehicle to do that job.

July 18, 2013

Are Cheap Batteries Around the Corner for Electric Vehicles?

Battery prices for electric vehicles have fallen 30 percent over the last three years. That’s significant, as Jonathan Marshall notes in his NEXT100 blog, as batteries account for 20 to 40 percent of the cost of an EV.

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