XL Hybrids Inc. has launched the XLP plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) upfit for medium-duty applications. The XLP will be an electrified ship-through upfit on half-ton pickup trucks from leading OEMs, and will provide a 50% improvement in miles driven per gallon for major fleets across the United States, as well as significant reductions in CO2 emissions, the company says.
“Expanding our offering to include plug-in solutions is the next step in our plan to electrify fleet vehicles with technology that saves money while reducing oil consumption and emissions,” said Tod Hynes, founder and chief executive officer of XL Hybrids. “The XLP system allows fleets to purchase the same, roadworthy OEM pickup trucks they always have–OEM powertrain and warranty fully intact–now with an electrified powertrain from XL Hybrids to significantly increase MPG.”
XLP ship-through deliveries to fleet customers will begin in the fourth quarter of 2017.
“Major fleets that have already adopted the XL3 hybrid-electric upfit system know and trust that XL Hybrids is ‘fleet ready’ because we deliver on our promise of products that do not compromise fleet operations – and we will do the same with our new XLP system,” said Clay Siegert, XL Hybrids’ co-founder and chief operating officer. “Our technology will be the first plug-in solution that is available for tried and true commercial pickup trucks for fleets today. XL Hybrids is committed to providing products that do not impact service, delivery, or field operations.”
XL Hybrids says that they surveyed fleet managers to understand their most critical requirements and developed the new technology based on customer demand for hybrid electric plug-in technology on commercial work trucks from the leading OEMs. The new XLP solution will build on the platform product technology used on the company’s XL3 hybrid-electric powertrain. The XLP lithium battery pack will be over 10 kWh, and will accommodate Levels 1 and 2 charging using an industry-standard plug. Fleets will maintain the complete OEM warranty, and get a three-year, 75,000-mile warranty from XL Hybrids on the XLP powertrain.
XLP will also include the XL Link cloud-based big data analytics system, which measures MPG performance and reports carbon dioxide emissions reductions. The proprietary XL Link vehicle connectivity is a continuous data link from every vehicle, collecting millions of operational data points, allowing analysis and reports on key performance indicators, the company says.