XL has unveiled its plug-in hybrid electric Ford Super Duty F-250 pickup truck.
According to initial assessment, XL is reporting that the XLP F-250 truck will provide up to a 50% improvement in miles driven per gallon (MPG) over conventional factory units, while reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 33% during normal operation. These numbers are consistent with what XL’s plug-in hybrid F-150 has been proven to achieve at EPA-certified testing facilities, the company noted.
The XLP F-250 features a high voltage 15 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that is compatible with Level 1 and Level 2 charging stations using an industry-standard J1772 plug interface. The battery is also charged by regenerative braking during driving, which captures and stores energy while slowing the vehicle. The energy is then transferred back into the drivetrain through an electric motor which helps propel the vehicle during acceleration, reducing fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and brake wear, according to XL. The system weighs 750 lbs. and is mounted onto existing factory components. The XLP F-250 has no effect on Ford factory warranties, and requires no special maintenance procedures or charging infrastructure enhancements, the company noted.
“The fleet industry is looking for ways to electrify their trucks now, without adding significant infrastructure costs or range concerns for their drivers. This vehicle gives them that power,” said Tod Hynes, founder and chief executive officer of XL.
According to XL, the product is scheduled to begin shipping to customers before the end of 2019.