BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--XL Hybrids, Inc., the leader in connected fleet electrification solutions for commercial and municipal fleets, today announced AmeriPride Services is taking delivery of 21 Ford F-59 trucks featuring XL Hybrids’ XL3® Hybrid Electric Drive System by the end of this year. AmeriPride, which is a leader in sustainable practices in the linen and uniform industry, will use the hybrid-electric F-59 trucks for uniform rental and linen supply delivery in North American metropolitan markets including Arizona and Minnesota.
“Adding hybrid electric technology to our fleet allows us to reduce AmeriPride’s carbon footprint and save money,” said Banny Allison, fleet services manager at AmeriPride Services. “Our pilot programs using hybrid electric technology have been successful and we want to continue incorporating alternative fuels into our fleet to become more sustainable. XL Hybrids has been a great partner to help us transform our company and the industry.”
The hybrid electric F-59 trucks are the latest on-road deployment of XL Hybrids technology by AmeriPride, which already operates a fleet of hybrid-electric service vans with XL3 systems in Canada.
Since 2013, AmeriPride Services fleet vans with XL Hybrids technology have driven more than 300,000 road miles, yielding a 24 percent improvement in MPG and reductions in CO2 and NOx. This translates to nearly 4,500 gallons of fuel saved and a reduction of 40 metric tons of CO2. Over the projected 10 year life of these vans with XL Hybrids technology, AmeriPride is expected to reduce approximately 17,000 gallons of fuel and more than 160 metric tons of CO2.
The F-59 platform, with payloads exceeding 15,000 pounds, is ideal for food, linen and package delivery fleets. The XL3 hybrid system is installed on F-59 trucks in less than six hours. Installation of the XL3 system leaves the Ford engine, transmission, fuel system and exhaust system completely intact. Fleets maintain the complete Ford OEM warranty and get a three-year, 75K-mile warranty from XL Hybrids on the XL3 hybrid powertrain.
All field results are being captured by XL Hybrids’ proprietary wireless data connectivity system, XL Link™, which tracks key performance indicators like MPG, vehicle duty cycle and CO2 emissions reduction. XL Link vehicle connectivity is a continuous data link from every vehicle collecting millions of vehicle operational data points, allowing analysis and reports on key performance indicators.
“We are pleased to support forward-thinking organizations like AmeriPride that see the value in looking long-term and investing in clean energy technology,” said Clay Siegert, XL Hybrids’ co-founder and chief operating officer. “Our customers are leaders in their respective industries because they make decisions backed by data. They see that XL Hybrids provides solid ROI and know that we are continuing to innovate to deliver a competitive advantage to their fleet programs.”
These F-59 hybrid-electric upfits were completed by XL Hybrids' installation partner, A-1 Alternative Fuel Systems, in Elkhart, Indiana.
Headquartered in Minnetonka, Minn., AmeriPride Services is recognized as one of the largest textile rental and supply companies in North America. Operating more than 115 production facilities and service centers throughout the United States and Canada, the company provides linen and towels, uniforms, floor mats, restroom and cleaning products to nearly 150,000 customers through rental and purchase programs. As a true business partner, AmeriPride helps customers improve their image while keeping facilities clean and employees safe. Innovation, personalized service and a dedication to company values has sustained the private, family-owned company for more than 125 years. AmeriPride’s demonstrated commitment to customers, the community, employees and the environment has made them the People You Can Count On. Additional company information can be found at www.ameripride.com.
About XL Hybrids
XL Hybrids is the leader in connected fleet electrification solutions for commercial and municipal fleets, with technology that delivers a 25 percent increase in miles per gallon and reduces carbon dioxide emissions. Recognized as one of the World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company in 2014, XL Hybrids supports customers such as The Coca-Cola Company and other major fleets. The award-winning XL3® Hybrid Electric Drive System is a revolutionarily simple solution that helps commercial and municipal fleets lower operating costs and meet sustainability goals. Compatible with new and existing Class 2 to 6 commercial fleet vehicles, the XL3 system can be installed in less than six hours. It 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.