Ford Transit Vans, Ford E-Series Cutaways, Chevy Express Vans
Fuel-saving success with Ford Transit vans, Ford E-Series cutaways and Chevy Express vans fitted with XL Hybrids drivelines has prompted various state agencies in Massachusetts to increase deployment the technology to 52 fleet vehicles, the company reports.
The vehicles converted to hybrid-electric operations are to be placed with the state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), the Massachusetts Environmental Police, and the Departments of Correction, Developmental Services, and Youth Services.
The upgrades were made possible by support from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, XL says.
‘Fuel Savings Are Immediate’
“Fleets appreciate that our technology is electrifying popular vehicles,” XL founder and CEO Tod Hynes said in a release, “allowing them to maintain OEM warranties, with no special fueling infrastructure or driver training required.
“The fuel savings are immediate and the positive impact on the environment is proven.”
XL says that the state of Massachusetts placed the new order after seeing successful results from past vehicle conversions by XL Hybrids for the DCR and Environmental Police vehicles. “Those vehicle upfits, which are on a mix of Ford Transit vans, Ford E-Series cutaways and Chevy Express vans, have saved 650 gallons of gas to date and the agencies expect to save nearly 82,000 gallons over the life of the systems,” XL says.
XL Link Telematics Too
The vehicles are as much as 25% more efficient fuel-wise. Operators also enjoy reduced brake maintenance costs.
XL Hybrids vehicles also include the company’s XL Link cloud-based big data analytics system. “The proprietary XL Link vehicle connectivity is a continuous data link from every vehicle,” the company says, “collecting millions of operational data points, [and] allowing analysis and reports on key performance indicators.”
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Source: XL Hybrids with Fleets & Fuels follow-up