And Is Offering the XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive on Ford Transit
Vehicles converted to hybrid electric operation using XL Hybrids upfit equipment have logged 10 million road miles, the Massachusetts company said as ACT Expo 2015 opened in Dallas last week.
Big-name commercial operators, municipalities and nonprofits using the XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive in their delivery, service and passenger fleets are now logging more than one million miles per month, XL said.
Also on Monday, XL spread the word that its XL3 drive is being made available on model year 2015 and 2016 Ford Transit cargo vans and passenger wagons.
Coke, Pepsi, Boston, ThyssenKrupp
“In addition to the fast onboarding of new clients, we have loyal customers returning with new orders, including The Coca-Cola Company, ThyssenKrupp Elevator, The City of Boston, PepsiCo and more,” XL Hybrids co-founder and VP Clay Siegert said in a release.
“With a growing list of upfit and installation partners, XL Hybrids can support customer deployment coast to coast in the United States, as well as in Canada,” Siegert said.
With 10 million miles achieved, XL says, customers have
- saved 160,000-plus gallons of gasoline;
- eliminated 1,400-plus tons of carbon dioxide emissions; and
- saved 1,500 hours of driver productivity with fewer stops for fuel fill-ups; and
- experienced 99.9% vehicle uptime.
At the current rate of more than one million miles driven per month, XL Hybrids’ effective savings is equivalent to removing 380 passenger cars from the road, or sequestering the same amount of carbon as 1,460 acres of forest, the firm says.
The XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System delivers a 25% increase in miles per gallon and 20% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. “The cost savings are immediate,” the company says, “because the technology does not require any plugs or refueling infrastructure and no special driver training.
‘Simple Compact Design’
“There is zero impact on fleet operations, while boosting sustainability efforts.”
XL says it’s extending XL3 platform availability from GM vans up through Class 4 trucks. Compatible models include the Reach commercial diesel van by Isuzu and Utilimaster, as well as the Ford E-350 and E-450 cutaways with stripped chassis.
“The Ford Transit unibody construction poses significant challenges for alternative ‘fueled’ vehicle upfits, but because of the simple compact design of the XL3 technology we were able to integrate our hybrid electric system to the Transit without any impact to cargo or passenger space,” XL Hybrids Edward Lovelace said in the company’s Transit announcement.
The next ACT Expo has been scheduled for May 2-5, 2016 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif.
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Source: XL Hybrids and Fleets & Fuels at ACT Expo 2015