Sacramento Municipal Utility District Charging Infrastructure for Plug-In Hybrids and Electric Vehicle Demonstration with Chrysler
Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is partnering with Chrysler Group, LLC (Chrysler) and a team of local municipalities to demonstrate and test 14 Dodge Ram 1500 plug-in hybrid pick-up trucks in their fleet applications. The project includes the development and installation of vehicle charging structures at the various fleet facilities and supports the integration of SMUD’s Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) system to collect data relevant to the impacts on the electrical grid and the time it takes to charge the vehicles.
The $100,000 being granted by the Energy Commission will go toward the charging infrastructure portion of the project.
An equal amount is being provided by the Sacramento area partners and the remaining $200,000 coming from the Federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Program (ARRA).
The project participants for this contract include SMUD, a publically-owned utility company that has been supportive of the development of plug-in hybrids since the 1990s. Comprising the PHEV demonstration team are the cities of Sacramento, Citrus Heights, Folsom, Rancho Cordova, Elk Grove, Galt and the Sacramento International Airport. This partnership is well-positioned to support pre-commercialization of alternative fuel vehicles in the Sacramento area.
By providing funding for this project, the Energy Commission contributes to the overall cumulative improvements in the State’s economy and air quality. The installation of electric charging infrastructure requires the employment of electricians, and numerous positions related to the manufacture and sale of batteries and charging components. The expected annual gasoline displacement at 4,550 gallons per year during the life of this project is in accordance with the goals of helping to transform California’s transportation system and attain the state’s climate change policy objectives.
Grant Agreement Number: ARV-10-041