Every month it seems like automotive manufacturers around the globe are committing to offering more and more electrified vehicles. New announcements are coming fast and furious. General Motors is among the leaders on this front, recently announcing plans for 20 new all-electric models by 2023. In a move that goes one step beyond many of its peers, GM is also positioning itself as a leader in electrified commercial vehicles too, thanks in part to a new strategic partnership with XL.
GM recognizes that in today’s commercial fleet market, there’s a growing demand for hybrid electrics, plug-in hybrids and other electrified vehicles. This trend is being driven by large companies’ and municipalities’ strong desire for fuel efficiency improvements, cost savings and corporate sustainability goals within their fleets. GM and XL recently announced a collaboration to make it easier for companies to scale fleet electrification through two tactical steps.
First, GM has added XL Hybrid upfits as an option in its commercial dealer ordering system for Chevrolet and GMC dealers. Fleet customers are now just a few clicks away from adding XL upfits to their Chevy Express and GMC Savana full-sized vans and cutaways powered by GM’s 6.0-liter engine, as well as GM’s new 4.3-liter engine later this year. Second, GM has created dedicated ship-thru codes for XL Hybrid upfits to make installation and vehicle logistics seamless. Ship-thru installation locations for XL systems include both Knapheide Manufacturing and Adrian Steel just down the street from GM’s factory in Wentzville, MO.
GM vans, trucks and shuttles powered with XL Hybrid technology can enjoy up to a 25 percent increase in mileage per gallon (MPG) as well as reductions in CO2 and NOx emissions, while still maintaining the base vehicle’s rated power, torque and work capability. As David Kanous, director of commercial fleet and dealer operations at General Motors Fleet, says, Electrifying a Chevrolet or GMC van or cutaway is a great way to marry utility, functionality and sustainability. XL Hybrid systems use electric assist and regenerative braking to yield fuel savings in metropolitan stop-and-go driving.
General Motors is at the forefront of innovation in the automotive industry, so for us, this new partnership is a natural fit. What does GM as well as industry fleet managers like so much about XL Hybrid technology? Most importantly, the XL installation process leaves GM’s engine, transmission, fuel and exhaust systems and factory warranty completely intact. This gives fleet managers operational peace of mind.
Also important is that every XL-upfitted GM vehicle includes XL Link technology, which collects hundreds of operational data points such as miles driven, fuel usage, idling time and average speed to monitor system health, ensure vehicle uptime and report fuel economy from the field. (Note: XL Link operates in parallel to any GM-offered telematics system, including OnStar.)
The future of the automotive industry will rely heavily on electrification. We’re proud to be one step closer to that future by making our technology more readily available to General Motors dealers, fleet operators and the rest of the automotive industry.
Read how our fleet customers like Coca-Cola, Yale University and the City of Boston are electrifying their fleets with XL upfits.