California-based utility Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) was on hand at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week to show its support for fleet electrification.
PG&E joined electric vehicle (EV) firm VIA Motors to debut an extended-range electric pickup truck called the eREV, which the companies began developing in 2008. Two eREVs are already in operation in PG&E's fleet of more than 1,200 alternative-fuel vehicles.
eREV trucks run 40 miles solely on electricity before switching to gasoline. The first-generation trucks have a 15 kW capacity, equivalent to a generator for a small- or medium-sized house, and that amount could increase in future models, the companies note.