BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--XL Hybrids, Inc., the pioneering developer of hybrid electric powertrain technology for commercial fleets, today announced its XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System is now available on the Reach™ commercial van from Isuzu and Utilimaster. As the first diesel-powered vehicle with the XL3 powertrain, the Reach will appeal to national delivery service companies, public sector and corporate fleets that are seeking ways to reduce fuel consumption and meet sustainability goals.
“XL Hybrids’ philosophy is to be nimble with our strategic direction and technology development,” said Tod Hynes, president and founder of XL Hybrids. “Our customers are asking us to expand our platforms because they see immediate savings with a 25 percent increase in miles per gallon. In addition to 20 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, the technology has a quick adoption rate for fleets since there’s no need for special plugs, charging or fueling infrastructure.”
The revolutionarily simple XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System saves fuel through regenerative braking, a process by which the electric motor helps slow the vehicle when the driver brakes, charging the battery. When the driver accelerates, the battery releases the energy to the electric motor, helping propel the vehicle.
Special financing options are available to XL Hybrids’ customers to retrofit current fleet vehicles and pay for the hybrid system over time. Customers can also refinance their existing vehicles or order new vans and buses with the XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System.
XL Hybrids is unveiling a Reach van with the XL3 system in the company’s booth # 5581 at the 2015 NTEA Work Truck Show, March 4 – 6 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. The system is immediately available on the Reach van with 2,500 pounds payload capacity with the XL3 system installed. The Reach van is a high roof Class 3 delivery van that comes with a standard 151.4 inch wheelbase and the high efficiency 3.0L, 150 HP, Isuzu DOHC I-4 diesel engine.
About XL Hybrids
XL Hybrids is the pioneering developer of hybrid electric powertrains that deliver a 25 percent increase in miles per gallon and reduce 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 FedEx. 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 4 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.