Ship-Thru from Kansas City to Commence Late This Year
XL Hybrids is trumpeting a “first-of-its-kind” installation partnership with Knapheide Manufacturing, by which XL’s new XLP plug-in hybrid electric vehicle upfits will be available on Ford F-150 pick ups.
The XLP drive is expected to effectively double the fuel efficiency improvement afforded by XL’s XL3 upfits, to about 50% (F&F, February 28).
Ship-thru availability from Knapheide’s facility in Kansas City is to start in the fourth quarter. Knapheide, XL notes, has been designated as an installer under Ford’s new eQVM – electric Qualified Vehicle Modifier – program.
Two eQVM Firsters
“XL Hybrids was the first to be awarded the Ford eQVM supplier status, while Knapheide was the program’s first-ever eQVM installer,” states a release.
“The ease of integration of XL Hybrids’ technology onto Ford vehicles, combined with the fact that our installation follows all Ford eQVM guidelines integrating with the intact Ford powertrain, contributed to XL Hybrids getting Ford’s ‘eQVM’ designation,” Knapheide engineering VP Chris Weiss says in an XL announcement.
He said his firm will help XL “market and deploy both their HEV and PHEV products to our fleet customers, resulting in real vehicle lifecycle cost-reduction from fuel and maintenance savings.”
The XLP drive “is the first Fleet-Ready plug-in hybrid electric technology designed specifically to meet the operational requirements of fleets, as well as deliver a solid financial return,” said XL co-founder and COO Clay Siegert.
“Our cloud-based data analytics system, XL Link, provides fleets with an unparalleled ability to measure key performance indicators and receive an analytics summary of millions of vehicle operational data points per vehicle,” Siegert said.
The XLP technology will be installed in model year 2017 and 2018 Ford F-150 pickups, XL says. It is to be compatible with a range of wheelbases, cab and bed configurations. “Installation of the XLP PHEV system can be completed in just hours on F-150 pickup trucks as a ship-thru upfit,” XL adds. The installation leaves the truck’s OEM engine, transmission, fuel system and exhaust system completely intact.
‘We Expect the Pace of Growth to Increase’
“Fleets will maintain the complete OEM warranty, and get a three-year, 75,000 mile warranty from XL Hybrids on the XLP powertrain.”
“Knapheide has performed XL Hybrids system installations on a range of Class 2 vans and Class 3 and 4 cutaways for major national and municipal fleet customers,” said Bo Knapheide, senior VP of distributor and fleet operations.
“Now that we are adding the capability of performing ship-thru installations of plug-in hybrid electric systems from XL Hybrids, we expect the pace of growth to increase as more and more utility and municipal fleets seek electrification options.”
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Source: XL Hybrids with Fleets & Fuels follow-up