Small Business Vouchers Pilot on Isuzu-Utilimaster Platform
XL Hybrids reports funding from the U.S. Department of Energy under DoE’s SBV/Small Business Vouchers Pilot program. XL’s efficiency-boosting hybrid electric upfit, tradenamed XL3, will be tested at DoE’s Argonne National Laboratory on an Isuzu Reach commercial van with Utilimaster body.
“The Reach commercial van from Isuzu and Utilimaster is the first diesel-powered vehicle with the XL3 powertrain,” XL CTO Ed Lovelace said in a release.
“This recognition and funding for collaboration with the DoE further reinforces the value of our XL3 technology in the clean energy ecosystem,” he said.
Electrified Vehicles Market Boost
“The award demonstrates the DoE’s understanding that the XL3 product has the potential for significantly increasing the market penetration of electrified solutions into the commercial vehicle sector.”
The XL3 drive is available on the Reach van with 2,500 pounds payload capacity with the XL3 system installed. The Reach van is a high-roof Class 3 delivery vehicle that comes with a standard 151.4 inch wheelbase and 3.0-liter, 150-horsepower Isuzu DOHC I-4 diesel engine.
XL describes its XL3 hybrid electric drive as “a revolutionarily simple solution that helps commercial and municipal fleets lower operating costs and their carbon footprint.
“XL3 works seamlessly in the background with zero impact on fleet operations or service, and no driver training or infrastructure requirements,” the company says.
The goal of DoE’s SBV program, XL says, “is to overcome specific technical challenges and drive the nation’s clean energy economy toward greater commercial
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