Watkins Heating & Cooling in Ohio and Montgomery County, Maryland
Massachusetts’-based XL Hybrids is talking up the successful implementation of its XL3 driveline with two fleets, private and public: family-owned Watkins Heating & Cooling in Springboro, Ohio, and Montgomery County, Maryland.
Both are experiencing significant fuel economy improvements, XL says.
“The Watkins Heating and Cooling fleet is a great application,” XL co-founder and VP Clay Siegert said in a release. “Watkins’ service technicians drive in and around neighborhoods carrying heavy equipment. Their service routes involve lots of stop and go driving, which enables the customer to take better advantage of the XL3’s regenerative braking and reduce fuel consumption.”
‘Improving the Efficiency of Our Revenue Producers’
“We anticipate getting a positive return on our investment in the XL3 hybrid system in just over two years because we’re seeing 30% to 35% improvement in fuel efficiency,” said David Watkins, vice president of Watkins Heating & Cooling.
“Plus, with XL Hybrids’ powertrain, we anticipate saving our service technicians about 20 gas fill-ups a year,” Watkins said. “In addition to cutting fuel costs, our technicians have more time to focus on customer service, while minimizing time on refueling the van. Improving the efficiency of our revenue producers is the main reason we are planning to transition our entire fleet to hybrid electric as we replace older fleet vehicles.”
Watkins converted an existing GM van to XL hybrid operation last year and now has two new ones coming, says VP and owner David Watkins. He’s planning on retrofitting two more vehicles in the fall, he says.
Even More for Maryland
“We’re committed to replacing all vehicles with hybrids as we retire them,” Watkins told F&F. The firm operates about 15 vehicles in all.
Separately, Maryland’s Montgomery County has converted ten vans, XL reports, supporting Governor Martin O’Malley’s goal to reduce Maryland’s Greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2020.
“By converting 10 Ford cargo vans we are already seeing over 25% increase in miles driven per gallon,” Montgomery County division chief Bill Griffiths said in an XL release today/ “We are expecting annual operating costs savings of tens of thousands of dollars overall.
“We have 149 vans in our fleet and expect to convert at least ten additional vans with the XL Hybrids system in July of this year,” Griffiths said.
The ten vans thus far converted are being used by county maintenance department plumbers, electricians and road safety crews.
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