Milestone Achieved with Customers in Just Six Months
Customer fleets have driven more than a million miles using the new XL3 hybrid electric drive from XL Hybrids, the Boston-based company said Monday. It’s a “major milestone for both the company and the industry,” XL said, noting that customer fleets are now logging more than 200,000 miles per month.
“There are very few alternative fuel companies that can claim such a fast uptake of their technology,” XL president and founder Tod Hynes said in a release prepared for next week’s ACT Expo show in Southern California.
“The fact that one million miles was reached so quickly indicates our customers are taking full advantage of the reduction in fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions they can achieve with our innovative hybrid electric powertrain.
‘More Global Brands’
“The nation’s largest corporate fleets are accelerating deployment of our technology, including The Coca-Cola Company and FedEx,” Hynes said. “More global brands are ordering new XL Hybrid powertrains for their fleets, so we expect to rev up even more industry milestones in 2014.”
XL says that its technology reduces fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions by 20%. With one million miles achieved, XL customers have effectively saved 18,000 gallons of gasoline, the company says, and, with fewer fueling stops, 184 hours worth of driver productivity.
“Another reason we achieved the one million milestone so quickly is that our customers had virtually 100% availability of their hybrid electric vehicles,” Hynes said. “Clients have found that our vehicles have no impact on their fleet operations and maintenance schedule.”
‘Savings on Fuel Costs Right Away’
“Our clients tell us that once they install XL Hybrids’ powertrain, their operations teams embrace the new technology immediately,” XL sales and marketing VP Jay Sandler says in the million miles announcement. “They rave about the fact that no additional training or infrastructure is needed.
“Best of all, they see savings on fuel costs right away and begin meeting sustainability goals at a faster rate.”
XL Hybrids, which hit the market in 2010 with a bolt-on kit for converting GM vans to hybrid electric operation, now offers upfits for Ford vehicles and for larger vehicles, with kits for cutaways and strip chassis vehicles, as well as for vans (F&F, March 13).
ACT Expo May 5-8 in Long Beach
ACT Expo – North America’s largest clean vehicles event – takes place May 5-8 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif. It is co-located with NGV Global 2014, the world natural gas vehicles meeting.
The Alternative Clean Technology Expo & Conference is organized by Fleets & Fuels publisher GNA – Gladstein, Neandross & Associates.
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