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Pacific Gas & Electric Company
// PG&E goes above and beyond the call of
duty when a disaster occurs and fosters a
culture that is always emergency-ready.
PG&E has many close relationships and
partnerships with its manufacturers,
dealers and suppliers. Altec Industries
is its bucket truck manufacturer, and the
companies work closely on technology
advancements so both can stay ahead in
the industry. "We work with manufacturing partners to keep them up to the
same place we are to collectively push in
the same direction," Meisel notes.
CA Automotive Group is a series of
dealers owned by one person that also
works on advancing electric technology
with PG&E. "We both want to make this
technology bigger than just the utility
buying it," Meisel says. "We want to
make it available for our employees and
regular people in the world. The idea is
to get all vehicles to be emission-free,
not just our utility vehicles."
PG&E's major vehicle suppliers are
General Motors and Ford for pickup
trucks and cars, while Peterbilt supplies
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bigger equipment. For its smaller equipment, PG&E wanted to advance the
plug-in technology and to encourage its
own employees to adopt plug-in electric
vehicles (EV), so it worked closely with
GM, Ford and CA Automotive Group
to create an employee EV incentive
program. The program provides PG&E
employees with special manufacturer
discounts in addition to a $2,000 cash
incentive from the company.
Meisel says he was amazed at the pace
at which the vehicles were purchased:
1,000 were sold in about seven months.
"That was something we didn't have
to do but we did it because it was the
right thing to do, and the response from
our people has been amazing," he says.
"They're selling new vehicles with new
technology because our people think it's
important to advance this technology.
They do it because it's the right thing
to do, and I'm very proud of the team I
work with." In addition, to support the
wave of EV adoption that resulted, the
utility expanded its industry-leading
workplace EV charging program.
PG&E's work has drastically improved emissions in its region and
it continues to lead the charge in
eliminating emissions of greenhouse
gases. "If we can create vehicles that
are emission free, why wouldn't we do
that?" Meisel says. "We're in a unique
place because we have the largest utility fleet in the United States, and we're
putting our own money, operators and
resources behind it. We have an obligation to look at our own emissions
profiles and continue to advance the
technology to get to clean driving.
"When I look at our power-generating
fleet, we have one of the greenest fleets
in the world; somewhere in the 50 to 60
percent range with renewable energy,"
he adds. "It really doesn't get any better.
That's what I'm excited about for our
industry and company."