Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) is sending an invitation in September bills to its 5.1 million customers to sign the Plug-in Partners online petition to encourage automakers to develop and to deploy plug-in hybrids (PHEVs).
PG&E currently operates the 4th cleanest/largest low emission vehicle fleet in the country. As an official Plug-In Partner, the company has already pledged to automakers that the company will buy PHEVs to make its vehicle fleet even cleaner.
Although Pacific Gas and Electric Company is using PHEV prototypes in its operation today, consumers can’t go to the local auto dealer to get one because automakers aren’t convinced there are enough buyers. That’s why PG&E is hoping to harness the power of its 5.1 million customers...The petition basically says, “If you build it, we will buy it.”
Our customers have the power to help make Plug-Ins for the public a reality by simply saying they would consider buying one. We hope they will join us and become a Plug-In Partner.—Bob Howard, PG&E vice president of gas transmission and distribution
According to a study commissioned by the California Electric Transportation Coalition (CalETC), 2.5 million cars (8% of the cars on the road) could be Plug-Ins by the year 2020 if automakers begin producing Plug-Ins within the next few years.
That’s the equivalent of taking as many as 5 million of today’s vehicles off the road, with a corresponding elimination of 11.5 million tons of CO2 emissions and a savings of 1.14 billion gallons of gasoline each year.
More than 40% of the generating capacity in the US sits idle or operates at a reduced load overnight, when most PHEVs would be charged, according to PG&E. Tens of millions of plug-ins could be charged every night without the need to build additional electric generation capacity.