San Diego Gas & Electric Pledges to Purchase 110
XL Hybrids, known for its fuel-saving XL3 driveline that requires no EV charging infrastructure, has launched a plug-in variant dubbed the XLP, and has timed its announcement with an order by San Diego Gas & Electric for 110 units between 2017 and 2020.
XL is predicting a 50% fuel economy improvement on half-ton pickup trucks with the PHEV/plug-in-hybrid electric vehicle variant.
XLP ship-thru deliveries to fleet customers are to begin in the fourth quarter of 2017.
‘Technology that Saves Money’
“Expanding our offering to include plug-in solutions is the next step in our plan to electrify fleet vehicles with technology that saves money while reducing oil consumption and emissions,” XL founder and CEO Tod Hynes says in a release.
“The XLP system allows fleets to purchase the same, roadworthy OEM pickup trucks they always have,” he said: “Fleets will have peace of mind knowing that their work truck will get the job done, with the same access to existing service infrastructure that fleets have always enjoyed.”
From Maryland to Hawaii
In addition to SDG&E, fleet operators planning to purchase the XL plug-in include Liberty Utilities, Hawaiian Electric, and Maryland’s Montgomery County (a double-digit customer; F&F, September 27), XL says.
“We expect to deliver more than 40% of our electricity in 2017 from renewable sources, and, as we decarbonize electricity, today’s announcement delivers a new solution for reducing the transportation emissions of employees who annually drive a significant number of miles throughout southern California,” SDG&E chairman, president and CEO Jeff Martin says in the utility’s plug-in release.
“XL Hybrids is filling an industry niche by offering plug-in electric technology on pickup trucks,” Hawaiian Electric fleet management specialist Gilbert Yoshida told F&F via email. The 50% improvement in fuel use, he says, will help the utility meet its Edison Electric Institute utility fleet electrification goals.
Knowledge & Trust
“Not only will our fleet vehicle transformation create cleaner air for our community,” Martin said, “it also will provide a path for reducing vehicle operating expenses for the benefit of our customers.”
“Fleets that have already adopted the XL3 hybrid-electric upfit system know and trust that XL Hybrids is ‘fleet ready’ because we deliver on our promise of products that do not compromise fleet operations – and we will do the same with our new XLP system,” said XL co-founder and COO Clay Siegert. “Our technology will be the first plug-in solution that is available for tried and true commercial pickup trucks for fleets today.
“XL Hybrids is committed to providing products that do not impact service, delivery, or field operations,” Siegert said.
As is the case with the XL3 drive, plug-in XLP installations leave the vehicle’s OEM engine, transmission, fuel system and exhaust system intact. Also intact is the OEM warranty, and XL adds a three-year, 75,000 mile warranty on the XLP powertrain.
XL says it’s drawing on some 35 million miles of experience with its conventional XL3 drive (F&F, December 13) to be able to offer the XLP.
The lithium battery pack for the XLP will have a capacity “over” 10 kilowatt hours. XLP PHEVs will accommodate will chargeable using Level 1 and 2 EVSE/electric vehicle support equipment using industry-standard connections.
XLP installations will include the XL Link telematics measuring miles-per-gallon performance and carbon dioxide emissions reductions. “The proprietary XL Link vehicle connectivity is a continuous data link from every vehicle, collecting millions of operational data points, allowing analysis and reports on key performance indicators,” XL says.
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