XL Hybrids, Inc. announced another win for its retrofitted vehicle electrification system, with the successful installation of the XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System in the fleet of Watkins Heating & Cooling, a family-owned and operated HVAC service company headquartered in Springboro, Ohio. Watkins will convert four more General Motors vans this year using XL Hybrids’ technology and plans to replace its entire 15-vehicle fleet with hybrids in the coming years.
The XL3 saves fuel through regenerative braking, a process by which the electric motor helps slow the vehicle when the driver brakes, charging the battery. When the driver accelerates, the battery releases the energy to the electric motor, helping propel the vehicle.
We anticipate getting a positive return on our investment in the XL3 hybrid system in just over two years because we’re seeing thirty to thirty-five percent improvement in fuel efficiency. Plus, with XL Hybrids’ powertrain, we anticipate saving our service technicians about 20 gas fill-ups a year. In addition to cutting fuel costs, our technicians have more time to focus on customer service, while minimizing time on refueling the van. Improving the efficiency of our revenue producers is the main reason we are planning to transition our entire fleet to hybrid electric as we replace older fleet vehicles.—David Watkins, vice president of Watkins Heating & Cooling
Watkins was recognized with the Green Business of the Year Award by the Springboro Chamber of Commerce due to its investment in XL Hybrids’ hybrid electric technology. Another major sustainability initiative for Watkins is its 18kW photovoltaic system on the roof of its Springboro office. During the peak of a typical summer day, the system supplies 200% of the electricity needs of Watkins’ office and warehouse and sends the excess to the grid to be used in neighboring homes.
Compatible with new and existing Class 2 to 6 commercial fleet vehicles, the XL3 system can be installed in less than six hours. The XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System has a quick adoption rate because it requires no driver training and no special plugs, charging or fueling infrastructure.
Special financing options through Priority One Financial Services, Inc. allow XL Hybrids’ customers to retrofit current fleet vehicles and pay for the hybrid system over time. Customers can also refinance their existing vehicles or order new vans and buses with the XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System.