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Today, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (NYSE:PCG) and Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) announced a collaboration exploring how Ford’s new F-150 Lightning electric vehicle (EV), the first light-duty truck available in the commerce with bi-directional charging technology—can interact with the electrical grid and provide electrical reliability benefits to PG&E customers.
One in five electric vehicles nationwide are on the road in PG&E’s northern and central California service area, where customers are often early adopters of new clean energy technologies.
PG&E and Ford will test the F-150 Lightning and its Intelligent Backup Power bi-directional charging capabilities by providing backup power to customers’ homes within PG&E’s service area. Smart Backup Power, making its debut on the F-150 Lightning, gives customers the ability to use their all-electric truck‘s two-way power technology to provide up to 10 days of power to their homes during an outage, depending on household energy consumption. Ford’s first smart backup power installations will begin in spring 2022, supported by Sunrun as Ford’s preferred installation partner.
With this early adoption opportunity, PG&E will explore how Ford’s smart backup power technology interconnects to the power grid, what’s needed for the truck’s battery to power the home, and how it can support resiliency. customers during network outages. Additionally, PG&E expects to learn more about the overall customer experience to help inform future collaborations as this emerging technology becomes more readily available.
“Today, we see game-changing opportunities at the intersection of the energy and transportation industries. As more and more electric vehicles and new charging technologies become available, it is essential that we better understand how electric vehicles can interact with the electric grid and how we can better support our customers. Through collaborations with automakers like Ford, we are innovating together for a cleaner, safer and brighter future for everyone,” said Patti Poppe, CEO of PG&E Corporation.
“It’s a really big deal to take this next step in two-way charging, which Ford is uniquely positioned to do. We’re really excited to get started with PG&E,” said James D. Farley, Jr., president and chief executive officer. of Ford Motor Company.
While electric vehicles already provide customers with cleaner air and lower maintenance costs, among other benefits, testing emerging technologies to optimize the integration of electric vehicles into the power grid could bring additional value to all PG&E customers. . Beyond the initial rollout with a small number of customer households, PG&E and Ford plan to explore additional use cases and the potential of two-way charging technology to support PG&E customers and the network.
Supporting Electric Vehicle Adoption in California
Increasing the adoption of electric vehicles can play a critical role in supporting California’s emissions reduction goals, as transportation is the the state’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, contributing almost 40%. Passenger vehicles alone account for nearly 29% of the state’s total emissions. By 2035, 100% of California sales of new passenger cars and trucks will have zero tailpipe emissions.
The electricity that powers electric vehicles in California comes from one of the cleanest energy mixes in the country. PG&E believes that 93% of its customers’ electricity in 2021 came from from resources without greenhouse gases.
PG&E supports the adoption of electric vehicles by its customers. Through its electric vehicle charging infrastructure programs, PG&E helps reduce one of the biggest barriers to electric vehicle adoption: the lack of available places to charge. PG&E is helping to increase access to electric vehicle chargers for light-, medium- and heavy-duty vehicle customers through its EV charging network, Fleet of electric vehicles and Fast electric vehicle charging programs.
Additionally, PG&E offers electrical packages designed for EV drivers and provides tools such as PG&E’s EV Savings Calculator and Fleet Calculator (ev.pge.com and fleets.pge.com) to help customers understand the costs when deciding whether or not to use an electric vehicle.
For more information, visit pge.com/ev.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Company (NYSE: PCG), is a combined natural gas and electric utility serving more than 16 million people across 70,000 square miles in northern and central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/ and http://www.pge.com/about/newsroom/.
This press release contains forward-looking statements that are not historical facts, including statements about the beliefs, expectations, estimates, future plans and strategies of PG&E Corporation and PG&E, including, but not limited to , PG&E’s partnership with Ford, and PG&E’s EV programs. These statements are based on current expectations and assumptions, which management believes are reasonable, and on information currently available to management, but are necessarily subject to various risks and uncertainties. In addition to the risk that these assumptions prove to be inaccurate, factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements include the factors disclosed in PG&E Corporation and PG&E’s Joint Annual Report on Form 10- K for the year ended December 31, 2021, and other reports filed with the SEC, which are available on the PG&E Corporation website at www.pgecorp.com and on the SEC website at www.sec.gov. PG&E Corporation and PG&E undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.
Source: Pacific Gas and Electric Company