SPI Energy Co., Ltd., a global renewable energy company and provider of solar storage as well as electric vehicle (EV) solutions for business, residential, government, logistics, and utility customers and investors, announced Phoenix Motorcars, a wholly owned subsidiary of SPI Energy’s EdisonFuture subsidiary, delivered the first of two electric service trucks to the City of Woodland, California. They are the first all-electric medium-duty commercial service tucks of their kind built and used in the industry. Phoenix Motorcars and the City of Woodland coordinated funding for the vehilces. Funding leveraged local Air Quality Management District (AQMD) and utility funding programs.
The ZEUS 500 electric service truck rests on a Ford E-450 chassis with a Knapheide Service Body. Its customized configurations maximize functionality for the city, offering up to 110 mile range from its 105-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The trucks are both Level 2 and Level 3 charging capable.
Additionally, Phoenix Motorcars collaborated with the City of Woodland to install two dual-cord Level 3 50kW DC fast-charging stations. Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E’s) EV Fleet program funded the electric infrastructure build and chargers. The program also helps fleets easily and cost-effectively install EV charging infrastructure. As a result, fleets can save money, eliminate tailpipe emissions, and reduce the maintenance needed for medium-duty commercial EVs. PG&E’s program also supports Level 2 and Level 3 DC fast chargers in a variety of installation configurations based on a fleet operator’s needs.
PG&E EV FLEET PROGRAM
Participants of PG&E’s EV Fleet program are responsible for procuring the chargers and having them installed. The city’s fleet and facilities manager, Troy Thompson, states, “Deploying the first all-electric service truck for the city is a great accomplishment. Phoenix Motorcars and their team offered custom solutions to address our needs and coordinated with multiple agencies, including California Air Resources Board (CARB), Sacramento Metropolitan AQMD, and PG&E, for funding and support for our project.”
Further, the project underscores the various working groups and collaborations needed to complete such a deployment. PG&E Onboarding Specialist Tim O’Neill states, “Our EV Fleet Program is designed to support cities, municipalities, and businesses as they transition their fleets to EVs. We are seeing success partnering with them along with manufacturers and other organizations toward a shared goal.”
Finally, Phoenix Motorcars offers an extensive list of services to support EV deployments.
“We are proud to offer our public and private customers full support on their EV Projects. From designing infrastructure, route, and duty cycle analysis, securing and managing funding and incentive programs, and designing customized medium-duty trucks, we pride ourselves as a one-stop-shop for fleets of all sizes to help them in their sustainability goals,” says Joe Mitchell, CEO at Phoenix Motorcars.