PG&E Partners with Valley CAN and IBEW to Connect Underserved Communities with Electric Vehicles

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Pacific Gas and Electric Company today announced a new pilot program in partnership with Valley Clean Air Now (Valley CAN) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 684 and 100 to provide free electrical panel upgrades to encourage electric vehicle (EV) ownership in low-income, underserved communities.

The PG&E Corporation Foundation will provide $75,000 in shareholder funds to cover the cost of upgrading home service panels—a commonly cited obstacle to EV adoption. IBEW Local 684 and 100 members will perform the site surveys, planning and panel installation for customers who qualify for the program.

Valley CAN, a nonprofit organization committed to improving air quality in California’s San Joaquin Valley, already provides up to $9,500 for local low-income homeowners to trade in their older vehicles for a used plug-in EV. Doing so is part of their ongoing participation in the California Air Resources Board’s Enhanced Fleet Modernization Program Plus-Up program, an initiative funded with revenue from California’s Cap-and-Trade program.

“Electric vehicles—and the home electrical panel upgrades that may be needed to charge them—are often beyond the reach of individuals and families living in disadvantaged communities. PG&E is partnering to overcome these financial barriers so that all of our customers can afford clean energy options. This pilot with Valley CAN and the IBEW Local 684 and 100 will help us better understand how we can assist Central Valley residents,” said Melissa Lavinson, PG&E’s chief sustainability officer and vice president of federal affairs and policy.

“PG&E is reducing barriers to zero-emission transportation in disadvantaged communities by giving low-income customers free home infrastructure improvements they need to install electric vehicle chargers. PG&E is making a real difference with this pilot,” said Tom Knox, executive director, Valley CAN.

To support job creation and capacity building, the IBEW will encourage participating local contractors to complete certification in the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program to increase the pool of trained and qualified EV equipment installers in the San Joaquin Valley, and IBEW members will then complete the panel upgrades for program participants.

“This is an innovative approach to creating clean-energy options for disadvantaged communities, while also using organized labor to provide training, quality control and good paying jobs,” said Bobby Stutzman, Business Manager for the IBEW Local 684.

Additionally, all car owners in the pilot program will immediately be eligible for PG&E’s Clean Fuel Rebate, which provides customers with a $500 one-time rebate for their use of electricity as a clean transportation fuel.

PG&E’s Commitment to EVs

PG&E’s announcement is part of the company’s commitment as a founding member of EV100, a new initiative launched today by The Climate Group at Climate Week NYC to encourage business commitments to electric transportation across the globe. Joining EV100 reinforces PG&E’s ongoing work to make EV ownership both easy and affordable for our customers, further electrify our own vehicle fleet as options become available and expand access to EV charging for both employees and customers.

For example, through our EV Charge Network program, PG&E will build up to 7,500 EV charging stations at multi-unit dwellings and workplaces across Northern and Central California, with a minimum of 15 percent of the chargers located in disadvantaged communities. Additionally, PG&E has installed about 500 charging units for employees at our facilities to date.

PG&E also offers resources to help customers driving EVs learn more and determine which rate makes sense for them. On PG&E’s residential EV rate plans, customers pay the equivalent of $1.20 per gallon to charge their vehicle overnight.

PG&E also operates one of the cleanest transportation fleets in the energy industry, with nearly 1,600 vehicles that are electric-based―ranging from passenger vehicles to pioneering hybrid-electric bucket trucks that reduce idling at the job site and reduce fuel use, emissions and vehicle noise.

About PG&E

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit and

Source: PG&E Partners with Valley CAN and IBEW to Connect Underserved Communities with Electric Vehicles

Don’t Park Your Car Because It Is Broke

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It can be a confusing and overwhelming time when you don’t know much about them.

This certification guarantees that the mechanic has passed a special test for competence and also shows he or she has more than two years of experience. This ensures that you have the cream of the crop working on your car.

Ask questions about your car when bringing it in to their shop. Preventing vehicle issues can save you a lot of saving money annually.

Go through your owner’s manual and dog ear the most useful pages. You might even find some easy solutions for the information you have been encountering.

Look for online body shop’s reviews for any business you’re thinking of patronizing. This can give you know how other customers are with their work. You can use online reviews to find a place you are comfortable giving your business to.

Make sure that you replace old parts with OEM parts.These are directly from the manufacturer. Generic are cheaper, but you don’t know the quality of these parts as time goes on. What may seem like a cheap option now can cost twice as much as buying OEM in the first place.

Don’t leave valuables in your car when it’s being repaired.Mechanics may need to take these items out to do the inside of your vehicle and they cannot be held responsible if an item is damaged or missing. Empty the trunk and glove compartment.

Watch out for blatant signs that don’t know what they’re doing. If they beat around the bush and act shifty, you may want to look elsewhere. You need to be able to trust the person doing your repairs, so don’t fear seeing someone else.

While most mechanics can be trusted, you don’t want to be paying too much money for the repairs needed. Search for an auto repair shop that are experienced in repairing the make of vehicle you have. These shops are more likely to understand how to perform the needed repairs for your vehicle.

Know what all the lights on your dashboard and be aware of when they go off. These lights can let you a good indication of when your vehicle needs some maintenance. Ignoring those for extended periods of time will only make the problem much worse than it already is.

Check your tire pressure every time you fill up on gas. Look at them and be sure they there is nothing embedded in them. You don’t want to have to drive on bad tires.

Don’t self diagnose complex automotive issues. What you may see as a simple fix can really be very complicated, especially in the newer electric cars and also the newer computerized vehicles. Let the problem.Let them know what the problem is and the noises you hear, but let them be the ones to diagnose the issue.

If you are short on cash and need some auto repairs, consider looking into services offered by local vocational institutions. You will pay a very low rate to have students fix your car while under the supervision of a licensed mechanic.

Don’t let a mechanic talk you that flushing your engine is routine maintenance. This service and it may not something that is typically done during the course of normal maintenance.

It may be a recall you didn’t know about.The manufacturer may fix your car free of charge.

Auto Repair

The confusion and panic that can sometimes follow a vehicle breakdown are something that most people dread. Without a good understanding of auto repair, you might wonder where you can turn to make sure your car is fixed correctly. Now you have information you need when it comes to auto repair.

Car Features – January-September 2007 Car Sales Figures

Ten years ago, Friendster was the Facebook back then and customizing your wall was the in thing, emo bands such as My Chemical Romance and Paramore became popular, we had Kim Chiu and Gerald Anderson as a love team, and the first iPhone was released. Ten years ago, the automotive scene was different with several models being at the top of their segments with some falling down. Some categories became popular among buyers while some are in decline and between 2007 and this year, a lot of brands enter the market.

For our first car feature this year, let us go back to 2007 and compare how the landscape had changed while we wait for the official figures. Do take note non-CAMPI members such as Mercedes Benz, Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep, Subaru, Jaguar/Land Rover, and Chery do not report their numbers so don’t expect to see how they stack.

Segment Total: 13,980

In 2007, sub-compacts are on gaining traction with numerous models joining industry stalwarts Honda and Toyota. Hatchbacks are now accepted by the society while smaller ones such as the Kia Picanto and Suzuki Alto are just a minority, with the last two being separated in sales reports as a standalone category due to their increasing number in the following years.

Segment Total: 12,754

Back in 2007, the compact car best seller was the Honda Civic, which sold more than the Toyota Corolla Altis. The former, in its FD chassis code, was the segment leader in 2006 and 2008 while its last top post is in 1999 and 2000. Later on, other brands pitted in their contenders but this category would slowly decrease in numbers later on.

Segment Total: 1,733

In that year, everyone wanted a Toyota Camry and there was a long list for this vehicle. So popular other models were nearly ignored and notice at that wide gap between the second placer. Compared to today, there are a handful of models to choose from but the heart screams Camry for most buyers in this segment.

Segment Total: 6,966

Redesigned for 2007, the Honda CR-V became the best selling compact SUV which had a lot of buyers fall in line for this one. Notice the Hyundai Tucson, at number two, had sold a lot than veterans from Ford and Nissan and became the segment leader for the years to follow and that’s because of one thing the straight H brand lacks: a diesel.

Segment Total: 8,231

Last year, this segment is the hottest with most models being replaced or upgraded at that time.  Back in 2007, if there is one car that everyone desires, it is the Toyota Fortuner. Compared to the second place Ford Everest, the wide gap means that although while rivals did their best nothing beats Toyota. From 2009 until 2013, the Mitsubishi Montero Sport became the number one in this segment.

Segment Total: 1,107

Consisting of expensive models priced above a million bucks, the best seller of this batch is the Mitsubishi Pajero whose two models (the Field Master and the modern BK/CK body) are sold at different price points. Other models that sold more than a hundred units included the Nissan Patrol and Ford’s Explorer and Expedition.

Segment Total: 24,081

For the year 2007, the Toyota Innova is the Philippines’ best selling car with 10,500 units sold. This segment sold 24,000 units alone with other best sellers are coupled in this category alone. Surprises include the mini-MPV Toyota Avanza which placed second on this list and the Isuzu Crosswind beat the Mitsubishi Adventure for the fourth time (the former sold more between 2002 to 2004 and 2007 to 2008) and would never reclaim again.

Segment Total: 5,710

Today, Toyota sold lots of Hiace vans ten or fifteen times more than it did in 2007. Back then, the Hyundai Starex and Nissan Urvan sold more than the vehicle in the first sentence. Among those vans that are targeted at the upper scale, the Kia Carnival, which was redesigned for that year, is the best seller.

Segment Total: 6,157

By just a 12 unit difference, the Mitsubishi Strada became the segment leader for this time period. Redesigned in September 2006 and updated last August of that year, consumer interest piqued and do remember the Toyota Hilux was just ripe for an upgrade while the Isuzu D-Max got an update in the same year.

Segment Total: 19

Only three sports car models from mainstream brands are available back then. The Mitsubishi Eclipse is the newer model in this list, while the Hyundai Coupe is updated and can be only had through a by order basis, and the Nissan 350z is showing its age. Nowadays, sports cars can be had from Toyota to Ford in a wide variety of price and fun factor.

Segment Total: 974

When it comes to luxury brands, BMW is numero uno in this segment. Back then, Mercedes Benz sells well but their non inclusion means no numbers are reported and Lexus wasn’t locally available (plus the JPEPA does not exist) so it means the Bavarian manufacturer takes the cake. On the other hand, Volvo sells more than Audi and Porsche (although the two latter brands are distributed by one company, when their numbers are combined means they sell more).


Dunlop Formula D05 review Vol.3

In this blog entry, I’m writing a report after using the Dunlop Formula D05 for 6 months.  This Dunlop Formula D05 is the latest thread (flower in Manglish term) design freshly launched early March.  The threadwear is 340, Temperature A, Traction A, Made in Malaysia.  I got fresh tyres Manufactured week 1015.

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SIX months have passed since I bought the tyres.  I am very happy with the tyres.  It’s ALL ROUNDER all Weather tyres.  I took the Waja to a long distance trip on 5 September 2015.  It’s From PJ to Seremban town overnight, then proceeded to Shorea Resort at Berembun, Dusun, Negri Sembilan using part NKVE part trunk roads. 

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The tyres took the challenge, gave me a comfortable ride over all terrains.  I’m also happy with the low tyre noise, it’s very quiet in most terrains compared to my previous tyres Pirelli P6.

Also, it went through recent floods in Setia Alam with no aquaplaning, it stayed planted on the road.  

Here’s Singapore’s review on this tyres:

Without further ado, let’s proceed to logbook…

Mileage at tyre installation: 176,747km – 27 March 2015

Mileage today:

Mileage covered: 4,364km only.


BEST: 9.85km/l

WORST: 7.8km/l

Average: 9km/l.  

An improvement compared to last update:

BEST: 9.35km/l

WORST: 5.93km/l

Average: 7.6km/l.

Note the difference.  Besides the tyres, I just serviced the car with Semi-synthetic, changed new Air filter, NGK Spark plugs, 4x BOSCH brake pads.

My rating so far: 8.5/10.  I shall review this tyres again in 3 months time…  See you in 28 December 2015.

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That’s all folks, thanks for having the time and patience to read this blog entry…  

2012 Volkswagen Tiguan Review with Pictures

2012 Volkswagen Tiguan is the new revised model of the Tiguan series. The 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan comes in four trim levels: S, SE, Sport and Escape; and available in both two- and four-wheel drive. For the powertrain, the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan comes with a range of engine options include a twin-charged 1.4-litre TSI with 160 PS, a 2.0-litre TSI with 180 PS and a 2.0-litre TSI with 210 PS. The diesel variants are: a 2.0-litre TDI 110 PS and a 2.0-litre common rail TDI with 140 and 170 PS. Both the 2.0-litre TDI 110 and 140 PS models, as well as the 1.4-litre TSI 160 PS with two-wheel drive are designated BlueMotion Technology models. The 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan also features Stop/Start and battery regeneration systems to enhance fuel economy and reduce emissions.

AutoCar Fire Trucks

This could be a shopping center, but when the work was there, was the coach of the largest employers under Coach Company fire truck. More than that is one of the best trucks and progressive over time. If the first time in 1898 in Pittsburgh, was during the Motor Vehicle Company of Pittsburgh, the maker of horseless carriages – a feeling reflected on time. The means of locomotion was his purpose, the main concern. Later, the coach without horses’ cars, AutoCar Fire Trucks.

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This was one of three 2009-model engines in a truck fire coach service. Photo Steve Hagy.

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AutoCar Fire Trucks for sale in the United States by truck dealers in the United States.  

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Use on the lookout for technical vehicles to public transport? Contact the seller directly with the public transport COACH. Click on a model or picture of AutoCar Fire Trucks for more details.

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We are for a hood of a 1919 Autocar looking fire truck. The bell in the bell 12 inches wide and we believe that the original hangs in the fire station in State College, PA. Can anyone tell me if you can get another or a copy of the original edition of the loan? If you do not know, is the only bronze bell, or some conbination bronze and other metals? The transaction must be processed and polished or?

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S / n 101 639 tanker truck fire this coach as a fire, use something in a rural area where the fire hydrants are few and far between to be modeled. It is an excellent example of Coach DC10364-OH 12.00-24 tires. The dual exhaust system can be assumed that someone had changed and adjust the configuration of the fuel pump so maybe there be more than 335 hp Cummins diesel.

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Photo AutoCar Fire Trucks 1992 Autocar published by Chevy_3500


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Many online ads with fire trucks and other public sale COACH used vehicles. Search for fire trucks and other vehicles used to transport U.S. public announcements coach.

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Cadillac Fire Department

Cadillac Fire Department – Department Overview The Cadillac Fire Department provides fire protection inspection education and emergency medical services to the citizens of Cadillac and

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2010 Abt Volkswagen Polo Wallpapers

Abt Sportsline is a motor racing and auto tuning company based in Kempten im Allgäu, Germany. Abt mainly deals with Audi, and the related primary Volkswagen Group brands – Volkswagen, Škoda, and SEAT.

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Price of RON97 will fluctuate every month, says minister


PETALING JAYA: The price of RON97 petrol will be determined at the end of each month due to the managed float of oil price, says Domestic Trade, Consumerism and Co-operatives Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

“We will calculate the average oil price from the 1st to the 27th of each month and the average price will determine the price for the next month,” he said after launching Bank Rakyat i-Debit card Tuesday.

The price of RON97 increased by 10 sen to RM2.50 per litre, earlier this month.

Ismail Sabri said this would mean that the price of RON97 would fluctuate every month as it depended on the price of crude oil in the global market.

The RON97 petrol price also rose by 10 sen per litre to RM2.40 on Jan 4.

That’s all folks, thanks for having the time and patience to read this blog entry.

Car Profiles – Mazda CX-5


An all new model for 2017, the CX-5 may have a new sheet metal but the formula remains. Pricing may be expensive or prohibitive for some.

The Good: 
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Price Range: P1,650,000-P2,200,000
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Last Update: February 5, 2018

OWNERSHIP DETAILS Sport Diesel Sport Pro
Price P2,200,000 – Additional P16,800 for Soul Red P1,950,000 – Additional P16,800 for Soul Red P1,650,000 – Additional P16,800 for Soul Red
Warranty 3 Years or 100,000kms 3 Years or 100,000kms 3 Years or 100,000kms
Engine SkyActiv D 2.2 DOHC 16V I4 SkyActiv 2.5 DOHC 16V I4 SkyActiv 2.0 DOHC 16V I4
Horsepower 173hp @ 4,500rpm 185hp @ 5,700rpm 153hp @ 6,000rpm
Torque 420Nm @ 2,000rpm 251Nm @ 4,000rpm 200Nm @ 4,000rpm
Fuel Type Diesel Gasoline/93 Octane Gasoline/93 Octane
Fuel System Direct Injection Direct Injection Direct Injection
Transmission 6-Speed Automatic 6-Speed Automatic 6-Speed Automatic
Fuel Tank Capacity 58 Liters 58 Liters 56 Liters
Length 4,550mm 4,550mm 4,550mm
Width 1,840mm 1,840mm 1,840mm
Height 1,680mm 1,680mm 1,675mm
Wheelbase 2,700mm 2,700mm 2,700mm
Curb Weight 1,668kg 1,626kg 1,514kg
Body Style 5 Door SUV 5 Door SUV 5 Door SUV
Engine/Drive Type Front Engine/All Wheel Drive Front Engine/All Wheel Drive Front Engine/Front Wheel Drive
Seating 5 5 5
Front Suspension McPherson Strut McPherson Strut McPherson Strut
Rear Suspension Multi-Link Beam Multi-Link Beam Multi-Link Beam
Front Brakes Ventilated Disc Ventilated Disc Ventilated Disc
Rear Brakes Solid Disc Solid Disc Solid Disc
Tires 225/55 R19 225/55 R19 225/65 R17
Wheels 19 Inch Alloy 19 Inch Alloy 17 Inch Alloy
Airbags 6 6 6
Anti-Lock Brakes Yes, With Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Brake Assist Yes, With Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Brake Assist Yes, With Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Brake Assist
Traction/Stability Control Yes, Dynamic Stability Control Yes, Dynamic Stability Control Yes, Dynamic Stability Control
Other Safety Features Adds: Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist Adds: Parking Sensor, Blind Spot Monitoring System Immobilizer, Reverse Rear View Camera, i-STOP Idling System
Fog Lamps Front Front Front
Other Exterior Features Adds: Adaptive LED Light and Driving Beam Adds: Daytime Running Light, Sunroof, Rear Combination Lamp Adds: Adaptive LED Light with Auto On/Off Function, Rain Sensing Wipers, Side Mirror Signal Repeaters
Steering Wheel Adjustment Tilt/Telescopic Tilt/Telescopic Tilt/Telescopic
Steering Wheel Material Leather Leather Leather
Seating Adjustment Power, Driver and Front Passenger Power, Driver and Front Passenger Manual
Seating Material Leather Leather Leather
Other Interior Features Adds: None Adds: Heads Up Display Electric Parking Brake
Power Amenities Steering, Windows, Door Locks, Mirrors with Fold, Tailgate Steering, Windows, Door Locks, Mirrors with Fold Steering, Windows, Door Locks, Mirrors with Fold
Climate Control Automatic Automatic Automatic
Audio System 7 Inch LCD Monitor with AM/FM/MP3/AUX
/USB/Bluetooth and Commander Control
7 Inch LCD Monitor with AM/FM/MP3/AUX
/USB/Bluetooth and Commander Control
7 Inch LCD Monitor with AM/FM/MP3/AUX
/USB/Bluetooth and Commander Control
Speakers 10, Bose 10, Bose 6
Steering Wheel Controls Yes, Audio, Bluetooth, and Cruise Control Yes, Audio, Bluetooth, and Cruise Control Yes, Audio, Bluetooth, and Cruise Control
Alarm Yes Yes Yes
Keyless Entry Yes, Push Button Start/Stop and Smart Keyless Entry Yes, Push Button Start/Stop and Smart Keyless Entry Yes, Push Button Start/Stop
RIVALS Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Nissan X-Trail, Subaru Forester, Suzuki Grand Vitara, Toyota RAV4, Volkswagen Tiguan
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