San Francisco, California [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Pacific Gas and Electric Company has announced it has entered into an agreement with Raser Technologies, Inc. for the purchase and demonstration of two plug-in series hybrid electric sport utility vehicles (SUV). The plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) are designed to achieve over 100 miles per gallon (mpg) in typical daily driving, while operating in near zero emission mode.
Initially, PG&E will purchase two plug-in hybrid SUVs from Raser for demonstration and testing, with the goal to integrate additional PHEVs into its fleet in the future. The PHEVs are expected to cut operational fuel costs up to 75 percent by driving in all-electric mode during typical daily fleet routes of up to 40 miles. When driving beyond the 40-mile battery electric range, the PHEVs may continue up to 400 miles by generating their own electricity.
“Raser’s proprietary plug-in series architecture and electric powertrain are what allows full size SUVs and light trucks to potentially achieve over 100 mpg with near zero emissions. We applaud PG&E’s leadership in green fleets and in clean renewable power. We look forward to working with PG&E to demonstrate PHEV vehicles that can help them continue to set the standard for clean air and renewable energy,” said David West, vice president of Raser Technologies.