New Jersey Utility Maintains Momentum With Electric Vehicles


New Jersey-based utility PSE&G hosted the Chevrolet Volt Unplugged Tour last week, offering company executives and employees, state and local officials, and other stakeholders the opportunity to see the new electric-vehicle technology firsthand.

‘We are pleased to be part of Chevrolet's rollout of the Volt,’ says Ralph LaRossa, president and chief operating officer of PSE&G. ‘Electric-vehicle adoption will be a reality sooner rather than later. We are considering steps we must take to make sure the utility is [ready] to accommodate electric vehicles in our service territory.’

On a fully charged battery and tank of gas, the Volt has a total driving range of over 300 miles; its electric-driving range is 25 to 50. When the Volt's battery runs low, a gas-powered engine generator seamlessly engages to extend the range another 300 miles or until the vehicle can be plugged in to recharge the battery.

‘PSE&G will be receiving a few Chevy Volts in the next few months to test,’ LaRossa adds. ‘We will be collecting data to determine how electric vehicles will impact our electric infrastructure and how the utility can support electric vehicles and their users in the future.’


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