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PG&E collaborates With San Joaquin Regional Transit District on EV pilot

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will conduct an electric vehicle (EV) pilot with San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) to help prepare the agency for its long-term electric transportation needs.

With San Joaquin RTD, PG&E will test how smart charging and battery storage can lower operating costs and maximize efficiencies for the agency. PG&E will test, analyze and compare the economics for charging at various times of the day using different models with and without battery storage.

As part of the pilot, PG&E will fund up to five new electric bus chargers and a battery energy storage system, and will fund and build the infrastructure from the electric grid to the chargers and storage system.

San Joaquin RTD already has electric buses in its fleet. This pilot aligns with San Joaquin RTD’s goal of being powered by 100% EVs by 2025.

The pilot will be a test case for PG&E’s new FleetReady program, recently approved by the California Public Utilities Commission. Through the program, PG&E will fund and aid installation of the infrastructure from the electric grid to the charger for customers with medium-duty, heavy-duty and off-road fleets such as transit agencies, school districts and delivery fleets.

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