PG&E Looks to Electrification for its Fleet Vehicles


Light & Medium Truck - July 31, 2011

David Meisel, direc­tor of trans­porta­tion for San Fran­cis­co-based Pacif­ic Gas & Elec­tric, trav­els around the coun­try advis­ing state and fed­er­al reg­u­la­tors in Sacra­men­to and Wash­ing­ton on many issues with trucks and ener­gy. His oth­er respon­si­bil­i­ty is run­ning one of the largest com­bi­na­tion gas and elec­tric util­i­ty fleets in the U.S., a job he has held since 2007. Alter­na­tive fuel sys­tems and the changes they bring have evolved as an impor­tant tran­si­tion for the fleet. With the impact of ris­ing fuel costs, PG&E is look­ing at elec­tri­fi­ca­tion on vehi­cles where bat­ter­ies are used not only to dri­ve the truck but to pow­er hydraulics, pro­vide light­ing, heat, air con­di­tion­ing and exter­nal pow­er while the truck is parked.