PG&E to pilot smart charging with Stockton bus service provider

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Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has announced its partnership with San Joaquin Regional Transit District to implement an electric vehicle (EV) pilot.

PG&E will be helping the agency to prepare for its long-term electric transportation needs. San Joaquin Regional Transit District has set a target of being powered by 100% EVs by 2025.

The pilot will include testing how smart charging and battery storage will help San Joaquin Regional Transit District lower operating costs and maximise efficiencies.

For instance, the utility will use various models to understand how much it will cost for the agency to charge during peak and off-peak periods, with and without an energy storage system in place and how this will impact the grid.

PG&E will fund five new electric bus chargers, a battery energy storage system and the development of infrastructure to integrate the grid with the bus chargers and storage system.

The pilot will help California reduce carbon emissions from passenger vehicles and medium-or heavy-duty fleet vehicles, which accounts for 40% of the state’s total carbon emissions.

The energy provider will use the results of the pilot to implement its recently approved FleetReady programme. The initiative will include funding 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.

Roy Kuga, vice president of Grid Integration & Innovation at PG&E, commented: “There is a huge opportunity for electric transportation in California in the medium- to heavy-duty space. Through this pilot, we will test capabilities to make electric vehicles more viable for transit agencies while helping to connect underserved communities and make clean energy transportation options more accessible.”

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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.