It’s only June, but 2018 has been quite a year for XL. Building from the momentum of last year’s record sales, significant product introductions and substantial funding by major industry investors, we’ve continued to surge by adding many of the largest commercial and municipal fleets in North America to our customer portfolio, and are on pace to double our staff size by the end of the year. And last night, we were honored by Boston Business Journal as one of their Best Places to Work in 2018.
When XL was founded (as XL Hybrids) back in 2009, the green transportation market looked very different than it does today. The average price of gas in the U.S. was $1.84 (diesel was $2.27) and electrification for fleet vehicles was in its infancy. In fact, very few of the companies selling hybrids, plug-in hybrids, or all-electric fleet vehicles in 2009 are around today.
So, what makes XL different? To me, it comes down to three primary advantages:
A smart business plan. XL has always been focused on delivering what customers need today, while planning ahead for what they’ll want in the future. We’ve built our current product portfolio on delivering Fleet-Ready™ hybrid and plug-in hybrid electrification solutions that can be added to the leading mid-to-heavy duty fleet vehicles customers are using today. As a result, they can still use the trucks they’ve always relied on to get their jobs done, while improving fuel economy and reducing CO2 emissions by double digit percentages. That remains our focus today, even as we continue to develop broader product lines that reflect where the industry is headed in years to come.
Viable products. XL has developed electrification solutions for the world’s top OEMs and some of the fleet industry’s most popular vehicles. We’ve helped many of North America’s biggest commercial and municipal fleets to improve fuel economy and sustainability, with no negative impact on their operational effectiveness. With over 68 million customer miles driven (and counting), and over 99% uptime, we make products that fleet managers, drivers and maintenance teams can all get behind. And that’s rare in the clean transportation space.
Outstanding people and culture. This has been an XL hallmark since day one, and it’s very rewarding to us as leaders to have the company recognized with such a prestigious award as the Boston Business Journal’s Best Places to Work designation. During the nomination survey process, employees mentioned a wide range of factors that help them enjoy coming to work every day:
- Competitive pay
- An outstanding benefits package, including unlimited PTO
- A supportive, collaborative environment
- Strong interpersonal relationships
- Formal and informal company activities (including weekly lunches, periodic service projects, company outings, and the occasional in-house cornhole game)
- Making a difference in an established but growing company
- A chance to contribute to sustainable transportation and a greener planet
- Free parking, with plenty of electric vehicle charging stations
- Monday all-hands meetings to briefly share company plans for the upcoming week
Being a BBJ Best Place to Work is about more than perks and benefits. We’ve worked hard to build an organization where everyone is informed, valued, and encouraged to succeed, both personally and professionally. And with lots of exciting announcements to follow soon, the best is definitely yet to come.
If you’re ready to “electrify” your career and think XL might be a good fit for you, I encourage you to check out our available openings and see for yourself why we’re mentioned among the up and coming technology companies in the Boston area. And of course, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, and subscribe to our blog for the latest news in sustainable transportation from the leader in fleet electrification.