XL Hybrids receives first approval from California ARB for incentive vouchers for hybrid-electric upfit of fleet vehicles
XL Hybrids, Inc. has received approval from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for the first California Heavy Duty Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) vehicle eligibility allowing significant discounts for aftermarket conversions of gasoline-powered General Motors 2500 and 3500 passenger and cargo vans into hybrid electric vehicles.
HVIP provides vouchers for California purchasers and lessees of hybrid and zero-emission trucks and buses on a first-come, first-served basis. In addition, HVIP provides increased incentives for zero-emission trucks and buses located in or benefitting disadvantaged communities. Trucks and buses that are equipped or repowered with engines meeting the 0.02 g/bhp-hr optional low NOx standard are also eligible for vouchers.
Businesses and organizations with fleets in California can receive $2,500 vouchers for each GM van upfitted with XL Hybrids’ XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System for up to 100 vehicles per fleet. The second 100 vehicles per fleet will receive $2,000 vouchers for each upfitted GM van.
Our XL3 Hybrid System is especially effective for fleets in urban settings and vehicles in stop-and-go traffic, delivering immediate fuel savings and sustainability benefits to corporate fleets. HVIP eligibility also establishes that CARB recognizes the value of hybrid electric conversions as a catalyst towards meeting the long-range greenhouse gas reduction and air quality goals.—Ed Lovelace, chief technology officer for XL Hybrids
The XL3 system increases miles driven per gallon by approximately 25%, while working seamlessly in the background with zero impact on fleet operations, and no driver training, no special plugs, charging or fueling infrastructure requirements.