PG&E was showing off this hybrid diesel-electric utility service truck in downtown San Francisco this afternoon. The company is one of 14 utilities testing hybrid trucks as part of the Hybrid Truck Users Forum. Trucks like these can save utilities fuel costs — potentially $4,500 to $5,500 a year per vehicle — as well as prevent carbon emissions.
They can also can cost anywhere from $100,000 to $180,000, so they’re a bit of an investment. This truck was made by Eaton Corporation [ETN] and privately-held International. In the demo this morning the truck was pretty quiet when it was running on electric, which can come in handy at night in quiet neighborhoods. This one is also running on biodiesel B20. Nice, biofuel and electric.