XL3 Hybrid Electrics Upfits for 3500/4500-Chassis Vehicles
Massachusetts’-based XL Hybrids is emphasizing shuttle buses as it reports availability of its XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive for General Motors 3500/4500 cutaway/cab chassis vehicles beginning with the 2011 model year.
Including the previously announced Ford Transit passenger van (F&F, May 11), XL says it now “offers the lowest cost hybrid electric system on the two most popular small shuttle buses.”
“For fleets that use FTA funding, the XL3 can be purchased by transit agencies for less than $5,000, and is the lowest cost hybrid system offering a payback in less than two years,” XL says.
Three Quarters of the Market
In addition to the Transit van, the XL3 drive is offered for Ford E350/E450 cutaway/cab chassis vehicles.
“Adding the new GM Cutaway solidifies our position as the only hybrid electric powertrain provider that offers a single solution to fleets using Class 2-4 vehicles from the major OEMs like Ford and GM,” XL Hybrids co-founder and VP Clay Siegert says in a release.
“With this new product, XL Hybrids covers more than 75% of the shuttle bus market, where fleet vehicles drive high mileage on low MPG routes.”
20% Fuel Savings
XL says that the XL3 drive is compatible with all available wheelbases offered by bus manufacturers, including GM Cutaway single and double rear wheels. It can be installed as a retrofit or a new upfit on vehicles with 4.8- and 6.0-liter gasoline engines, “providing 20% percent fuel and CO2 savings.
The drive adds less than 400 pounds to the vehicle, and is designed for the added weight to be evenly distributed allowing for better axle loading, XL says. GM’s OEM factory warranty stays intact, while the XL3 hybrid powertrain components are covered by a three-year, 75,000 mile warranty.
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