AmeriPride Selects XL Hybrids powertrain for Canadian Linen vans
10 October 2013
XL Hybrids, Inc., developer of a low-cost hybrid electric powertrain designed specifically for class 1 to 4 commercial fleet use (earlier post), announced that it is providing hybrid vans to Canadian Linen, a linen and uniform service subsidiary of AmeriPride Services.
XL Hybrids recently unveiled its XL3 hybrid system for model year 2014 vehicles. The XL3 system uses a patent-pending inline traction motor system design, the newest upgrade for the company’s hybrid conversion system. The system is now available as a ship-thru option in the US and Canada. The Canadian Linen vans, however, are MY 2013, and so use the earlier XL Hybrid system.
Canadian Linen initiated a pilot program in August 2013 to test Chevy Express vans fitted with XL Hybrids’ hybrid electric powertrain. Preliminary estimates project a 20% fuel and greenhouse gas emissions reduction over conventional cargo vans and a payback in less than half of the vehicle’s lifespan. The Canadian Linen deployment represents XL Hybrids’ first exports to Canada, a market where businesses experience about 20% higher fuel prices than in the US.
Canadian Linen’s hybrid vans are used at offsite service centers to deliver and pick up special orders that are not part of regular routes, to visit customers and to assist on routes if other trucks require maintenance. The hybrid vans are expected to drive approximately 20,000 miles per year and are operating around the Toronto metropolitan area. The XL Hybrids hybrid electric powertrain doesn’t require any additional infrastructure or driver training, and Canadian Linen will not experience any changes to vehicle operations.
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