December 3, 2013
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
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.
September 19, 2013
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
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.
July 23, 2013
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
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.
June 17, 2013
PG&E’s alternative fuel fleet is the industry’s largest, and there’s no bigger advocate than Tony Earley. In an article he wrote for the new issue of Electric Perspectives, the PG&E Corporation CEO, chairman and president says large-scale transportation electrification may be America’s greatest opportunity to change its energy future.
June 13, 2013
Driving an electric vehicle is like a trip back in time, writes Jonathan Marshall in his NEXT100 blog. That’s because the price of fuel — electricity — is comparable to what gasoline cost more than a decade ago.
June 10, 2013
The nation’s electric utilities must embrace and promote the burgeoning electric-vehicle market – by putting the vehicles to use in their own fleets, by encouraging business customers who deliver packages or pizzas to go electric and by working with residential customers to make the move to electric vehicles more seamless.That was the consensus of panel that included PG&E’s Tony Earley as the Edison Electric Institute convention opened today in San Francisco.
June 4, 2013
The nation’s utilities are leading the way toward a future with more electric vehicles that will result in a cleaner environment and better customer service, a PG&E leader said at a gathering of fleet managers. PG&E Senior Vice President Greg Pruett gave the keynote address as the 60th annual Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference that began here today.
June 4, 2013
Faster than a speeding Tesla Model S, the cost of owning many electric vehicles (EVs) is plummeting thanks to exceptionally favorable new leasing terms. As Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, that means thousands of customers soon might get to enjoy the experience of driving clean, quiet, and peppy cars that charge up at home for just a few dollars, without ever again waiting in line at the gas station.
May 17, 2013
The quiet operation of an electric car seems like the perfect complement to the majestic stillness of the Muir Woods in Marin County. And after the unveiling of two public EV chargers on Thursday (May 16) at the Muir Woods National Monument, that combination of technology and trees has become a reality.
May 14, 2013
Sales of pure electric vehicles are showing steady growth, writes Jonathan Marshall in his NEXT100 blog. That’s good for the future of clean transportation.
April 2, 2013
PG&E partnered with Mitsubishi Motors, Eaton Corporation and the city of Vacaville on the installation of the new 50-kilowatt Quick Charger at the Bella Vista Road Park & Ride lot. As this video story shows, a recent event drew electric vehicle owners from Sacramento and San Francisco who lined up to get a chance to charge their vehicles.
March 21, 2013
Flanked by an innovative utility truck that can run on electricity and provide job-site power, PG&E’s Tony Earley spoke today on how the nation’s gas and electric companies are electrifying their fleets. Earley, PG&E’s CEO, chairman and president, moderated a panel at “Powering the People,” an event held in Washington that was sponsored by IEE.