Van On Show at GM Fleet and Commercial Preview in Orlando
Massachusetts’ XL Hybrids has added Knapheide Manufacturing to its list of fuel-saving electric driveline distributors. XL systems will be installed by Knapheide through its existing ship-through process, “thus providing a one-stop purchase, upfit, delivery and invoice experience for commercial fleets,” XL says.
The companies will display a hybrid Chevrolet Express cargo van upfitted with an XL powertrain at Knapheide’s booth at the 2014 GM Fleet and Commercial Product Preview May 13 to 17 in Orlando, Fla.
The XL Hybrids driveline for Class 1 to 3 commercial fleet vehicles is priced at about $8,000. The technology “decreases fuel use and carbon dioxide emissions by up to 21.2% on urban routes, XL says, while retaining OEM performance.
The XL-Knapheide partnership will launch nationwide with 2014 model year Chevy Express and GMC Savana vans starting August 1. The XL drive will also be available for installation on bailment pool vehicles or as a retrofit for 2010 to 2013 GM cargo vans.
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“XL Hybrids’ product has been designed specifically for commercial fleets and the product offers a fast payback,” Knapheide engineering VP Chris Weiss says in an XL release.
“XL Hybrids has already successfully deployed our hybrid technology in the field with some of the largest fleets in North America, and we look forward to additional success with Knapheide,” said XL co-founder and supply chain VP Clay Siegert.
XL uses Parker Hannifin motors and lithium ion batteries from Johnson Controls. Previously announced installers include Henley Transmission/AAMCO and, more recently, Leggett & Platt (F&F, February 28).
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