BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--XL Hybrids, Inc., the pioneering developer of hybrid electric powertrain technology for commercial fleets, today introduced its new XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System for cutaway and strip chassis vehicles, extending its patent-pending technology to a new vehicle platform.
“Business agility is vital in today’s competitive environment and the XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System brings our success with class one and two vans to popular class three and four truck and shuttle bus configurations,” said Tod Hynes, president and founder of XL Hybrids. “This opens up opportunities for fleets operating cutaway and strip chassis vans to get a 25 percent increase in miles driven per-gallon, reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 20 percent, and see an attractive return on their investment.”
The revolutionarily simple XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System is now available for tough, flexible commercial vehicles up to 14,500 GVW including van body, refrigerated, utility, landscaper, walk-in vans, and shuttle buses. The XL Hybrids’ charge-sustaining powertrain installs in just five hours, and has zero impact on fleet operations because there are no special plugs, charging or fueling infrastructure, driver training, or maintenance requirements.
Named one of the 2014 World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies – third Most Innovative in the Energy Sector – by Fast Company, XL Hybrids is also recognized with an NTEA 2014 Green Award for innovation in improving work truck fuel utilization. Coca-Cola, FedEx, and other mega-fleets across North America have adopted XL Hybrids’ technology.
“We‘re quickly changing the mindset of companies relying on fleet vehicles for their business success,” said Jay Sandler, vice president of sales and marketing for XL Hybrids. “With our simple approach to hybrid electric conversions, commercial fleets can increase their miles driven-per gallon, reduce operating costs, and meet sustainability goals. The XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System is not only eco-friendly, it lowers cost of ownership for truck, van and shuttle bus fleets.”
XL Hybrids is unveiling a Ford E-350 cutaway chassis with dry van body upfitted with the XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive system in the company’s booth (#4181) at the 2014 NTEA Work Truck Show, March 5-7 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. The system is immediately available on the Ford E-350 cutaway and Ford E-450 cutaway, and is coming soon to the E-350 and E-450 stripped chassis and GMC 3500/4500 cutaway chassis.
About XL Hybrids
XL Hybrids is the pioneering developer of hybrid electric powertrains that deliver a 25 percent increase in miles driven per-gallon and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Recognized as one of the 2014 World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company, XL Hybrids supports customers such as The Coca-Cola Company and FedEx. The patent-pending XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System is a revolutionarily simple solution that helps commercial and municipal fleets lower operating costs and meet sustainability goals. For new Class 1 to 4 commercial fleets, as well as vehicles that are already on the road, the system is installed in just five hours, and works seamlessly in the background with zero impact on fleet operations or service, and no driver training or infrastructure requirements. XL Hybrids was founded by MIT alumni and is based in Boston. For more information, visit www.xlhybrids.com or on Twitter @XLHybrids.