XL Hybrids displayed its XLP plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) upfit solution for the first time during the 2017 NTEA Work Truck Show.
NV Energy and DTE Energy are among the newest utility and municipal fleets who say they intend to purchase XL Hybrids’ XLP PHEV system, which delivers a 50% improvement in miles driven per gallon, as well as significant reduction in C02 emissions.
“We have certain job functions which require or are optimized by a compact SUV or light-duty pick-up truck and now we have fewer alternative fuel choices from manufacturers. Systems such as XL Hybrid’s XLP will help to fill the void.”
According to SDG&E, this move will upgrade the company’s fleet vehicles as part of the company’s larger commitment to improve air quality and reduce harmful emissions created by the transportation sector.
XL Hybrids has broken into emergency vehicles with nearly a dozen Ford E450-based ambulances.
Utility and municipal fleets including San Diego Gas & Electric Company, Liberty Utilities, Hawaiian Electric Company and Montgomery County Maryland, which is headed by a recent public sector fleet manager of the year William Griffiths, are among the North American customers that intend to purchase the XLP PHEV system for use in their pickup fleets.
The new vans will be equipped with XL Hybrids’ XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System and replace older gasoline vans used to transport crews to various parks sites citywide.
The Seattle Fire Department’s vehicle change out is part of the city’s Drive Clean initiative, which calls for adding cleaner fuels and electric cars to the city’s entire fleet.
“Our president wanted to find a way to reduce carbon emissions, but also make people sensitive and aware of the carbon emissions they are putting out, whether it is from lights, air conditioning or vehicle use. The idea was to set the baseline and monitor it over time.”
In addition to a more than 50% reduction in NOx emissions, the XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System reduces carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) by 20%, providing immediate benefits for companies aiming to meet sustainability goals.