XL Hybrids to launch PHEV pickup truck retrofit package in 2017

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Boston-based XL Hybrids has announced the launch of its new XLP product line, a ship-thru upfit for half-ton pickup trucks that the company says will deliver a 50 percent improvement in fuel economy.

The new XLP solution will build on the company’s existing XL3 hybrid powertrain, which was introduced in 2013, and has logged over 35 million miles in Class 2-6 vehicles for fleet customers such as Coca-Cola.

The XLP battery pack has a capacity over 10 kWh, and accommodates Levels 1 and 2 charging. The system is designed to be installed in a few hours, and leaves the OEM engine, transmission, fuel system and exhaust system intact. XLP will also include the XL Link cloud-based data analytics system, which measures fuel economy and emissions reductions.

Customers retain the vehicle’s OEM warranty, and get a three-year, 75,000 mile warranty on the XLP powertrain.

Announced fleet customers for the new solution include San Diego Gas & Electric, Liberty Utilities, Hawaiian Electric and Montgomery County, Maryland. Deliveries are to begin in the fourth quarter of 2017.

“The XLP system allows fleets to purchase the same roadworthy OEM pickup trucks they always have,” said XL Hybrids founder and CEO Tod Hynes. “Fleets will have peace of mind knowing that their work truck will get the job done, with the same access to existing service infrastructure.”

“Major fleets that have adopted the XL3 hybrid-electric upfit system know 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 co-founder and COO Clay Siegert. “XL Hybrids is committed to providing products that do not impact service, delivery, or field operation.”

 

 

Source: XL Hybrids