Pilot for Step Vans for Delivering Construction Supplies
XL Hybrids reports a pilot program with BMC, a provider of building materials and construction services, for two hybrid step vans to be deployed in the Denver area, and their performance compared with non-hybrid vehicles.
The two model year 2015 Ford E-350 vans have been fitted with XL’s XL3 hybrid electric drivelines “to increase miles driven per gallon and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.”
They’ll deliver construction supplies, lumber and wood molding products to BMC’s regional stores in the Denver area, XL says. “Each van drives over 20,000 miles annually in a rigorous duty cycle involving extreme altitude and temperature changes,” states a release.
1,000 Vehicles in the BMC Fleet
“With more than 1,000 vehicles in our fleet, BMC is actively looking to increase overall fuel economy,” BMC logistics and fleet operations director Daniel Daly says in the XL announcement.
“We chose XL Hybrids’ technology because it can be deployed nationally and deliver results while standing up to our drive cycles,” Daly said. “I have tracked XL Hybrids’ achievements for delivering on-road results for other fleets and look forward to success to expand this hybrid program in the future.”
XL notes that it’s installed its proprietary wireless data connectivity system into four vans– two hybrid electric and two non-hybrid vehicles.
“The vehicle powertrain data transmitted to the cloud-based analytics system will be used by XL Hybrids to measure [miles-per-gallon] performance in the field for BMC,” XL says, “as well as track key performance indicators like idling, vehicle duty cycle and carbon dioxide emissions reduction.
“The vehicle data collection technology deployed on the vans allows XL Hybrids to offer BMC on-road MPG reporting and hybrid system service alerts,” said XL co-founder and VP Clay Siegert.
‘Seamlessly in the Background’
“We look forward to continuing our industry-leading vehicle uptime of virtually 100 percent over millions of customer road miles,” he said.
XL says further that its “XL3 system works seamlessly in the background with minimal impact on fleet operations or service, and no driver training or infrastructure requirements.
“The technology has a quick adoption rate for fleets since there’s no need for special plugs, charging or fueling infrastructure.”
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