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In the News: PickupTrucks.com

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We recently had a chance to drive one of the newest hybrid plug-in pickup trucks available. Now that it’s over, we think this could be the moment in time we look back to in 20 years when we’re driving hybrid micro pickups with payload capacities of more than 5,000 pounds.

All right, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but not by much.

The truck we drove in the Los Angeles area was built by XL, a Massachusetts company that develops and provides electric vehicles for commercial and municipal fleets. In April in Detroit, we drove a Ford Super Duty F-250 equipped with XL’s hybrid power assist system. Our short drive in that truck, which was equipped with a 6.2-liter V-8 engine, resulted in a 25 percent gain in fuel economy over a regular Ford F-250 without any substantial trade-offs.

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In the News: Public Works

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California has the toughest emissions regulations in the nation, and some cities’ are even tougher. Los Angeles County and two cities are electrifying vehicles to promote sustainability.

XL is upfitting a combined 38 hybrid and plug-in hybrid electric trucks and vans to improve fleet efficiency, increase MPG and reduce CO2 emissions.

The municipalities expect to see a 25 percent increase in MPG on hybrid electric models and a 50 percent MPG increase in plug-in hybrid electric models compared to their standard gasoline fleet vehicles. The orders represent the first hybrid electric cargo and passenger van purchases for Los Angeles County and the City of Long Beach.

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In the News: Fleet Management Weekly

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If you were asked to rank the following green fleet vehicles in order of their net CO2 emissions savings over standard, gas-powered vehicles, from highest reducing to least reducing, how would you order them?

  1. Plug-in Hybrid Electric Truck (PHEV)
  2. Hybrid Electric Truck (HEV)
  3. Battery Electric Sedan (BEV)

(Hint:  If you guessed the order above, you’d be right.)

Surprising?  Not when you look at the full picture of relative net CO2 emissions.

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In the News: Fleet Management Weekly

In the News: The Drive

 

TheDrive.finalWhen most people think of a hybrid, they think of a Toyota Prius. When they think of a plug-in hybrid they think of a Honda Clarity, or maybe a Ford Fusion Energi. They certainly don’t think of a Chevy Express, Ford Transit, or an Isuzu step van, because they’re not built in hybrid versions. Massachusetts-based company XL is offering a unique twist on the standard hybrid formula for large commercial vehicles that aren’t available with a hybrid system from the factory.

The consumer hybrid market is filled, Tod Hynes CEO of XL told The Drive. But the commercial market is wide open. Only now is Ford introducing a hybrid version of the F-150 pickup. Other trucks and vans have not yet seen the benefit of hybrid technology from the factory. Additionally, many such vehicles are used for inefficient stop-and-go urban driving. This is where the old-fashioned large V-6 and V-8 engines perform worst. But it’s also what electric vehicles excel at, both in performance and fuel economy.

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In the News: Renewable Energy World

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The 2017 Atlantic Ocean hurricane season racked up a record $306 billion in damages and aid, making it the costliest hurricane season ever, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This reality is the latest piece of evidence that extreme weather is wreaking havoc around the world, with increasing frequency and severity.

Here’s a question for leaders of corporations and municipalities: What was the impact of extreme weather on your bottom line last year? And how are you mitigating this threat to your company’s operations and finances in the future?

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In the News: Renewable Energy World

In the News: School Transportation News

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Last month, the contractor increased the number of its hybrid school buses using the XLH system from connected vehicle electrification manufacturer XL. The system, which is approved by the New York State Department of Transportation for both Ford and GM HEV school and shuttle bus chassis, uses regenerative braking to decelerate and electric assist to accelerate.

“Upon acceleration you feel (the hybrid system) right away,” explained Marty Hoffman, vice president and co-owner of Careful Bus. “There’s a certain smoothness. You’re not driving a fully electric vehicle but that first couple of seconds you feel like you are in one. Then there is no difference (compared to a regular gasoline bus) but you can feel the regenerative charging when braking.”

Hoffman said the family-owned company has already seen a more than 25-percent increase in fuel economy, a 20-percent decrease in carbon dioxide emissions and a 20-percent increase in front-wheel brake life.

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In the News: School Transportation News

In the News: PickupTrucks.com

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By now, everyone’s heard that Ford intends to launch a new F-150 hybrid in 2020. We don’t have many details on that truck yet, but did you know that you can buy a hybrid F-Series right now? The truck is not totally built by Ford per se; instead, it’s modified by a Ford-certified company called XL then sold through XL or a Ford Commercial Vehicles dealer.

XL makes two models: the F-250 Super Duty Hybrid you see here and an F-150 Plug-in Hybrid that we’ve yet to drive. However, we recently were able to get some seat time overnight in the electrified Super Duty, putting significant miles on it to see if XL’s hybrid system is worth the expense.

The F-250 Hybrid starts out as an ordinary gas-powered Ford F-250 — powered by Ford’s venerable 6.2-liter “Boss” V-8 making 385 horsepower and 430 pounds-feet of torque. It’s mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and can be had in two-wheel-drive or 4×4 configuration. In fact, the F-250 powertrain is completely untouched by the XL hybrid system. It doesn’t interfere with the engine operation; it doesn’t ever operate in all-electric mode; it doesn’t even really talk much to the truck. What it does do is listen.

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CPS Energy Invests in Cleaner, Greener Fleet with 34 XL Plug-in Hybrid Electric Ford F-150s

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Driven by its commitment to the community and the environment, today CPS Energy announced the purchase of 34 XLP Plug-In Hybrid Electric Ford F-150 pickup trucks – the largest purchase of Plug-In F-150s of any utility or private company to date and the 1st in Texas to use the vehicles.

The new vehicles will replace the less efficient fleet of vehicles.  The new trucks deliver significant fuel economy equivalency gains – offering more than 50% better fuel economy and a comparable reduction in emissions over similar standard vehicles — based on manufacturer’s figures that take into consideration long commutes.

“Through our latest hybrid-electric vehicle investments, we will leverage new technology that has been economically designed to help protect our environment,” said Paula Gold-Williams, CPS Energy’s President & CEO. “These cars are great enhancements to our fleet of vehicles, which are used to serve our customers, day-in and day-out.”

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CPS Energy Invests in Cleaner, Greener Fleet with 34 XL Plug-in Hybrid Electric Ford F-150s

In the News: Work Truck

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Puget Sound Energy has added 40 new Ford Transit utility vans equipped with a hybrid electric drive system from XL.

PSE selected XL’s fleet electrification technology for its 40 Ford Transit utility vans, an upgrade that is expected to reduce each van’s carbon footprint by up to 20% and increase fuel economy by as much as 25%.  The utility worked with XL to upfit each van with an electric motor and advanced lithium-ion battery pack, as well as the XL Link connected vehicle system.

“We know our customers value the environment, so we were excited for the opportunity to reduce our carbon footprint through our fleet vehicles,” said Wayne Gould, director of corporate shared services at Puget Sound Energy. “This is another step for PSE to invest in the development of cleaner alternatives and technologies.”

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In the News: Xconomy

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Two of the most popular terms in urban planning today are smart cities and clean energy. These concepts naturally go hand-in-hand.

As cities get smarter, they use energy more efficiently and in a more controllable fashion, and they are better able to incorporate intermittent clean energy sources. Cities, and the power grids that support them, can use traditional power generation and stationary energy storage to support intermittent resources like wind and solar, but the lowest-cost solution for over a decade has been to control power loads with demand response. A large and emerging new power load is electrified vehicles, and they will play a critical role in the future of smart cities and clean energy.

To put things in perspective, the battery systems in the U.S. Toyota Prius fleet alone represent about 40 gigawatts of power. That’s about the same as the entire electric grid in New York state. While those vehicles don’t connect with the grid, there is a growing wave of plug-in vehicles with much larger batteries coming, and they will be a dominant and flexible force on the grid. If integrated properly, however, they can support the growth of smart cities and clean energy in profound ways.

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In the News: Xconomy