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NREL Validates Plug-In Hybrid Truck for Pacific Gas and Electric Company

NREL is evaluating and analyzing a Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) plug-in hybrid electric utility truck developed by Efficient Drivetrains that has approximately 30 miles of all-electric range. It is also capable of exporting up to 120 kilowatts of power to the grid.

Photo of a large blue utility truck in a laboratory

Photo by Dennis Schroeder

With utility trucks that have onboard, exportable power capabilities, companies like PG&E would be able to power a small neighborhood or commercial building while repairs are made upstream on the grid, shortening or eliminating outage time. Validation at the Energy Systems Integration Facility will help developers fine-tune the design and reliability of the trucks' exportable power features before they are placed into service.