Claims ‘First-Ever Hybrid Electric Upfit’ for Pickups & Chassis
XL Hybrids said this week that it will begin ship-thru upfits of Ford F-250 vehicles, both pickups and chassis for commercial fleets, starting with model year 2018. It’s the “the first-ever hybrid electric upfit” for the three-quarter-ton vehicle, the Boston-based company said.
Fleets will be able to take advantage of an increase of as much as 25% in fuel economy with accompanying reductions in carbon dioxide emissions, XL says, on Ford trucks used for rugged towing, hauling, and utility applications.
“We have developed our hybrid-electric upfit solution for the F-250 pickup to meet our customers’ need for power and payload, as well as better fuel economy,” XL Hybrids CTO Ed Lovelace says in the F-250 announcement.
50 Million XL Miles
“We recently surpassed a landmark 50 million total combined customer road miles,” he said, “and our experience in successfully supporting leading fleets informs our product roadmap.
“Our solution roadmap continues to be focused on delivering the most seamless, cost-effective fleet electrification solutions for OEM vehicles that our customers ask for.”
XL Hybrids is a qualified Ford eQVM (electric qualified vehicle modifier) program participant, Ford North American fleet lease and remarketing operations director Kevin Koswick notes in the XL release.
Ford Warranties Remain in Place
XL’s XL3 hybrid drive will initially be available on F-250s with 6.2-liter V-8 gasoline engines compatible with a range of wheelbases, cab and bed configurations in both 4×2 and 4×4 options. XL componentry is installed under the vehicle, allowing the pickup bed’s full capacity.
The XL3 technology leaves OEM engine, transmission, fuel system and exhaust system completely intact. Customers also get a three-year, 75,000 mile warranty from XL on the XL3 powertrain, and XL’s cloud-based XL Link “big data” telematics system.
“Our hybrid electric upfit solution for the F-250 is XL Hybrids’ second product for Ford pickup trucks, after our XLP plug-in hybrid electric upfit for Ford F-150 half-ton pickup trucks,” said XL c-ofounder and COO Clay Siegert.
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