Jul 17, 2007 (From the CalCars-News archive)
San Diego Gas & Electric joins Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas & Electric and Sacramento Muncipal Utility District in having PHEVs to evaluate and demonstrate to the public. And the San Diego Regional Transportation Center - EcoCenter, http://www.sdecocenter.org opens an exhibit on PHEVs. We hear there will be a number of other conversions by electric utilities around the country in the coming weeks.
San Diego Gas and Electric to Run Two Plug-In Hybrids Green Car Congress 14 July 2007 http://www.greencarcongress.com/2007/07/san-diego-gas-a.html by Jack Rosebro
As part of its Clean Transportation program, San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E), a public utility that is part of Sempra Energy Services, will publicly convert two Toyota Prius hybrids into plug-in hybrids next week.
The two vehicles have been in operation at SDG&E for about six months to collect real-world performance baseline data, which will be compared to data collected in the future. Although the two hybrids initially will not have vehicle-to-grid (V2G) capability, SDG&E has expressed interest in V2G, also referred to by company representative Joel Pointon as "vehicle-to-coffeepot."
One conversion will take place on Tuesday, with the other occurring on Wednesday. Each conversion will use a Hymotion conversion kit, and will be expected to take about two hours.
Tuesday's conversion will give fleet managers an opportunity to view PHEV technology up close, while Wednesday's conversion is open to the public.
The utility company will release data from the project in 2008.