BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--XL Hybrids, Inc., the pioneering developer of hybrid electric powertrain technology for commercial and municipal fleets, today announced the company received a California Air Resources Board (CARB) Executive Order (EO) #D-731-1 allowing aftermarket conversions of gasoline-powered 2012-2014 model year General Motors 2500 and 3500 vans, Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans into hybrid electric vehicles. The XL Hybrids XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System is on sale now in California for the first time.
“XL Hybrids is blazing a trail with the industry’s first CARB aftermarket hybrid electric vehicle conversion EO,” said Ed Lovelace, chief technology officer for XL Hybrids. “Our XL3 Hybrid System is especially effective for fleets with immediate commercial vehicle sustainability requirements, and for high mileage users because the price point makes financial sense for many California businesses and organizations – even without government incentives. We’re proud that our simple, quick-install system helps combat ever-increasing fuel prices, while helping to meet sustainability goals.”
The XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System has been shown to increase miles driven per gallon by approximately 25 percent in real-world fleet vehicle driving. The XL3 is a regenerative braking system, which requires no special fueling stations, plug-ins or maintenance. Fleets can rapidly adopt the XL3 system because there is no driver training required, no new fueling infrastructure required, and the install takes less than one day. Plus driver productivity increases because drivers can spend more time on their routes, and less time at the pump.
In addition, the fuel reduction achieved with the XL3 hybrid system helps California fleets accelerate their corporate sustainability initiatives. According to the EPA, every 1,000 gallons of fuel saved results in 8.9 metric tons of carbon dioxide reduced.
XL Hybrids also announces the signing of an installation and distribution agreement with Emissions Retrofit Group (ERG) in California. ERG has facilities in Sacramento, Oakland, Redding and Ontario, which is near Los Angeles.
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.