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XL Hybrids expands its hybrid electric powertrain technology to Ford E-Series cutaway and strip chassis

5 March 2014

XL Hybrids, Inc., developer of hybrid electric powertrain technology for commercial fleets, introduced its new XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System for cutaway and strip chassis vehicles, extending its patent-pending technology to a new vehicle platform. (Earlier post.)

The XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System is now available for commercial vehicles up to 14,500 GVW including van body, refrigerated, utility, landscaper, walk-in vans, and shuttle buses.

The XL Hybrids’ charge-sustaining powertrain installs in just five hours, and has zero impact on fleet operations because there are no special plugs, charging or fueling infrastructure, driver training, or maintenance requirements.

The XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System brings our success with class one and two vans to popular class three and four truck and shuttle bus configurations. This opens up opportunities for fleets operating cutaway and strip chassis vans to get a 25 percent increase in miles driven per-gallon, reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 20 percent, and see an attractive return on their investment.

—Tod Hynes, president and founder of XL Hybrids

Coca-Cola, FedEx, and other fleets across North America have adopted XL Hybrids’ technology.

XL Hybrids is unveiling a Ford E-350 cutaway chassis with dry van body upfitted with the XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive system in the company’s booth (#4181) at the 2014 NTEA Work Truck Show, 5-7 March at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. The system is immediately available on the Ford E-350 cutaway and Ford E-450 cutaway, and is coming soon to the E-350 and E-450 stripped chassis and GMC 3500/4500 cutaway chassis.

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