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PG&E to Join With U.S. Representative Jerry McNerny and Renee Ellmers to Unveil Utility Trucks Capable of Shortening or Eliminating Electric Outages

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), in partnership with Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-CA-09) and Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R-NC-02) will participate in a public event at the United States Capitol to 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.

PG&E partnered with the Efficient Drivetrains Incorporated (EDI) and Dixon-based Altec Industries, to develop two class 5 vehicles, both of which were designed, built and tested in the heart of California at EDI's plant in Dixon. Two different models will be unveiled, one, a Class 5 utility work truck featuring 120kW exportable power, capable of powering 80% of the transformers in PG&E's service area. The second is a Class 5 bucket truck featuring Altec's electric worksite management system, which allows all onboard equipment including the boom, climate control and tools to be operated off of battery power, eliminating the need to idle the engines of the trucks while at job sites. Both vehicles feature an all-electric range of approximately 30 miles and will reduce emissions by up to 80% when compared to conventional fuel vehicles. PG&E estimates that each EDI truck will save the utility over 850 gallons of fuel per year

WHO

              Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-CA-09)

              Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R-NC-02)

              Des Bell, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

              Tim Slattery, Nissan North America, Inc.

              Brian Wolff, Edison Electric Institute

              Robbie Diamond, Electrification Coalition

WHEN

              Thursday, November 20, 2014

              10:30 - 11:00 a.m.: News Conference, media Q&A

              11:00 - 11:30 a.m.: Product demonstrations, interview opportunities

WHERE

              United States Capitol ,West Front (Maryland Avenue and First Streets, S.W. - Near the Capitol Reflecting Pool)

VISUALS

              - EDI/PG&E utility trucks on display and available for demonstrations

              - Speaking program featuring U.S. Representatives McNerney and Ellmers

WHY

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.

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

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