PG&E: eREVs could manage electric outages

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Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has introduced the first extended-range electric pickup truck for utilities -- one they believe has the potential to provide mobile, on-site power to help manage electrical outages. PG&E partnered with VIA Motors to develop Extended-Range Electric Vehicles (eRev).

"This truck has the potential to significantly transform the way we manage electrical outages for our customers," said PG&E's Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs Greg Pruett during a news conference at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

For electric utilities, the 15 kW eREVs (equivalent in capacity to a generator for a small to medium sized house) could provide on-site power to shorten small outages, eliminate planned outages for maintenance and boost the grid intermittently. Future eREV models will only increase in capacity.

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