by Jack Rosebro
|One of two Toyota Prius hybrids that San Diego Gas and Electric will convert into PHEVs next week.|
As part of its Clean Transportation program, San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E), a public utility that is part of Sempra Energy Services, will publicly convert two Toyota Prius hybrids into plug-in hybrids next week.
The two vehicles have been in operation at SDG&E for about six months to collect real-world performance baseline data, which will be compared to data collected in the future. Although the two hybrids initially will not have vehicle-to-grid (V2G) capability, SDG&E has expressed interest in V2G, also referred to by company representative Joel Pointon as “vehicle-to-coffeepot.”
One conversion will take place on Tuesday, with the other occurring on Wednesday. Each conversion will use a Hymotion conversion kit, and will be expected to take about two hours.
Tuesday’s conversion will give fleet managers an opportunity to view PHEV technology up close, while Wednesday’s conversion is open to the public.
The utility company will release data from the project in 2008.