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PG&E Expands Green Fleet With Phoenix Motorcars' All-Electric Sport Utility Trucks

Pacific Gas and Electric Company today announced that it has added four Phoenix Motorcars all-electric sport utility trucks (SUTs) to its clean fuel fleet. With one of the nation's largest utility clean fuel fleets, PG&E will test the Phoenix Motorcars SUTs in its daily operations across its 70,000 square mile service area in central and northern California.

"PG&E is firmly committed to reducing our carbon foot print by using innovative alternative-fuel technologies," said Bob Howard, PG&E vice president of gas transmission and distribution. "By adding the Phoenix Motorcars SUTs to our leading clean fuel fleet, we are taking an important step in developing a proven and necessary electric vehicle market. Electric vehicles provide a practical solution to help us reduce our dependency on petroleum-based fuels, keep California's air clean, and meet the challenges associated with climate change."

As part of its larger environmental leadership strategy, PG&E owns and operates a clean fuel fleet of electric and fuel cell vehicles, and more than 1,100 natural gas vehicles - the largest of its kind in the United States. PG&E's clean fuel fleet consists of service and crew trucks, meter reader vehicles and pool cars that run either entirely on compressed natural gas or have bi-fuel capabilities. Over the last 15 years, PG&E's clean fuel fleet has displaced over 2.7 million gallons of gasoline and diesel, and helped to avoid 5,000 tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.

"PG&E is a leader in the alternative-fuel community, and we are honored to supply them with a reliable all-electric vehicle to improve their fleet operations," says Daniel J. Elliott, CEO of Phoenix Motorcars. "We want to provide the California-fleet market with high-performance, zero-emission vehicles to reduce costs, improve air quality and protect public health."

California-based Phoenix Motorcars is an early leader in the production of full-function, freeway-speed, green electric trucks for commercial fleet use. The SUT has a driving range of 130 miles, can be recharged in 10 minutes and easily cruises at freeway speeds while carrying five passengers and a full payload.

Phoenix's SUT is a battery-electric vehicle that eliminates noise and toxic vehicle emissions that contribute to air pollution. It is powered by UQM Technologies' propulsion system, utilizes Boshart Engineering homologation process and is equipped with a non-toxic, revolutionary Altairnano NanoSafe(TM) all-battery pack. More information on Phoenix Motorcars can be found at

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