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XL Hybrids partners with Knapheide Manufacturing to expand hybrid electric powertrain availability

XL Hybrids, Inc., developer of a low-cost hybrid electric powertrain designed for class 1 to 3 commercial fleet vehicles (earlier post), has an agreement with The Knapheide Manufacturing Company, a commercial vehicle equipment provider in North America, for the installation and distribution of its products.

Designed for seamless integration with the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) powertrain, XL Hybrids’ technology will be installed by Knapheide through its existing ship-through process, thus providing a one-stop purchase, upfit, delivery and invoice experience for commercial fleets.

The companies’ partnership will launch nationwide delivery with the new 2014 model year Chevy Express and GMC Savana vans starting August 1, 2013, and is also available for installation on bailment pool vehicles or as a retrofit for 2010 to 2013 GM cargo vans.

The two companies are displaying a hybrid Chevrolet Express cargo van upfitted with XL Hybrids’ hybrid powertrain technology at Knapheide’s booth at the 2014 GM Fleet and Commercial Product Preview held at the Gaylord Palms Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

Earlier this year, XL Hybrids signed a non-exclusive installation partnership and distribution agreement with Leggett & Platt Commercial Vehicle Products (CVP), one of the top commercial vehicle upfitters. (Earlier post.)

The Knapheide Manufacturing Company is a leading US manufacturer and provider of commercial vehicle solutions. Products manufactured by Knapheide include: Service bodies, KUV bodies, platform bodies, gooseneck bodies, dump bodies, forestry bodies, pick up accessories, van equipment, mechanics trucks, water trucks, and fuel/lube trucks.

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