‘XLP’ Plug-In Hybrid Technology Promises a 50% Fuel Savings
XL Hybrids will launch the plug-in variant of its add-on fuel-saving drive on the Ford F-150 pickup, beginning with model year 2017 trucks, the company says. updated March 6
The plug-in hybrid electric vehicle/PHEV conversion – designated “XLP Fleet-Ready” – is said to deliver a 50% improvement in miles driven per gallon. The boost is made possible by the combination of regenerative braking energy and, for the new XLP drive, “wall-power” stored in a 10-kilowatt-hour battery, says XL Hybrids VP Clay Siegert.
As for battery sourcing, “We have several suppliers,” he told F&F.
There will be no operator option for all-electric driving.
“Ford, with its top-selling half-ton truck for any make and model, was chosen as the first OEM based on XL Hybrids’ order commitments from major fleet customers,” XL says.
Fleets Are Waiting
NV Energy and DTE Energy “are among the newest utility and municipal fleets who say they intend to purchase XL Hybrids’ XLP PHEV system,” XL says.
Previously-announced fleet customers include SDG&E/San Diego Gas & Electric for 110 units (F&F, December 19, 2016), Liberty Utilities, Hawaiian Electric, Montgomery County Maryland and the City of Newton, Mass. XLP ship-thru deliveries are to begin in the fourth quarter.
The XLP technology will be installed in 2017 Ford F-150 pickups with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine and Ford’s stop-start technology. It’s also to be available for the upcoming 2018 Ford F-150 pickup with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine and the new 3.3-liter base engine. XLP will be compatible with a range of wheelbases, cab and bed configurations.
XLP will also include the firm’s XL Link cloud-based big data analytics system, which measures miles-per-gallon performance and reports carbon dioxide emissions reductions.
40 Million Miles and Counting
“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.
Vehicles fitted with XL hybrid drives, the company says, have now logged more than 40 million customer miles.
A Ford F-150 pickup with the XLP plug-in drive is to be shown at ACT Expo this coming May. The 2017 edition of the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo runs May 1-4 at Southern California’s Long Beach Convention Center.
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