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From Automotive Fleet 9/5/19

XL Celebrates 100 Million Electrified Customer Miles

XL customers have driven 100 million miles using the company’s hybrid and plug-in hybrid electric drive systems, according to the company, which is also celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

Since 2009, XL has electrified the fleets of some of the largest and most recognized companies, municipalities and organizations in North America. One of XL’s first customers, Coca-Cola, has deployed nearly 300 hybrid-electric GMC Chevrolet Express vans since 2012.

XL recently examined the data from the first 10 Coca-Cola vehicles deployed between 2012 and 2013.  The vehicles are still on the road today and have driven an average of 150,000 miles each — one van has more than 215,000 miles — with an average fuel-economy improvement of 20.2% over their lifetime.

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In the News: Automotive Fleet

Profiles in XLence: Scott Parisi

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This month’s Profiles in XLence features Scott Parisi, XL’s Director of Customer Service, who has been with the company since 2014.

1. How long have you been with XL, and what is your role?

I have been with XL for just over five years – I joined the team in May of 2014.  In my role as Director of Customer Service, I lead the team responsible for ensuring our customers have the best experience possible with XL products in the field, and that any issues that arise are dealt with quickly and effectively.  I also internally represent customers to XL leadership, to ensure their perspectives and experience are being considered with every step we take as a company.

2. What is the best part of your job, or a favorite project you’ve been involved with, and why?

The best part of my job is helping customers and solving problems.  Our customers rely on their fleet vehicles to be up and running when they need them, and want the assurance of knowing their hybrid and plug-in hybrid electric drive systems are operating at peak performance.  Once they’re deployed, it’s my team’s job to ensure they are.

Working with our customers is definitely one of my favorite parts of the job. They are incredibly dedicated and knowledgeable in their jobs, and they’re passionate about wanting to help their organizations reduce their carbon footprint.

I have many great stories about my team’s dedication as well as my experience with customers, but one of my favorites was an unusual situation that happened recently.  One of our customers had an XL-upfitted vehicle stolen, and by using GPS data from our on-board XL Link telematics application, we were able to help them quickly recover the vehicle.

My favorite project so far at XL is definitely our plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) Ford F-150 application.  It was the most technologically advanced project the company had done so far, and it was great to be part of that unique vehicle’s market introduction.  It’s been a huge hit with customers.

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Profiles in XLence: Natalie Weimer

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This month’s Profiles in XLence features marketing manager Natalie Weimer, who has been with the company since 2014.

 

1. How long have you been with XL, and what is your role?

I started working at XL as a marketing manager in February, 2014.   In this role, I develop marketing, brand and communication strategies, and implement inbound and outbound marketing activities including tradeshows, webinars, blogs, our website, online and print advertising and social media (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook).

2. What is the best part of your job, or a favorite project you’ve been involved with, and why?

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My favorite part of my job has been helping to morph our company from an unknown start-up into the leader in fleet electrification solutions.  This included launching the company’s brand redesign from XL Hybrids to XL, and developing a style guide and supporting materials needed to ensure a strong and consistent brand identity.

I also love developing lead generation activities including events, webinars, on-line advertising and e-communications to drive year-over-year revenue growth.  There’s nothing better than seeing a lead turn into a sale!

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Profiles in XLence: Tejas Chafekar

Q&A with an XL Team Member:  Tejas Chafekar, Firmware Engineering Manager

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How long have you been with XL, and what is your role?

I’ve been with XL for 6 years now, starting as a controls engineer and progressing through my current role as firmware engineering manager.

I was hired to develop the ground-up design of the firmware for XL’s products, which have progressed over the years to put us in position to scale more quickly as we add more platforms and supplier options. I have seen XL grow from having a few test vehicles driving around Boston to thousands of customer vehicles across the U.S. and Canada.

In my current role, I’m now responsible for growing the team and keeping us aligned with industry standard compliances for XL’s safety-critical systems.  I’ve been heavily involved with the performance tuning (and managing the associated EPA certification processes) to achieve fuel consumption reduction targets across multiple platforms, and working with suppliers to better integrate their products into XL’s system.

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What Customer Success Means to XL

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Hi! My name is Jane Walsh, and my job at XL is to help you do your job more effectively.  How?  By digging deep into the details of your hybrid and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles to make sure they’re performing at their best, and that you understand the value they’re delivering to your operations.

As XL’s first-ever senior customer success manager, it is my responsibility to understand your needs, analyze the vast amount of operational data we collect on your hybrid/plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and then summarize and communicate those results to you so you can better understand how your fleet vehicles are making a difference in your organization.

How does one person get all of this done? The answer is slowly, methodically and with a lot of customer input from you! My plan is to start by sharing data on your fleet performance and listening to your feedback. I can then provide you with helpful recommendations, along with ways to utilize that data to create better and more useful insights for your company.

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What Customer Success Means to XL

VW Settlement Funding is Finally Here – Are You Ready?

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It’s true! After months of fanfare, billions of dollars in VW settlement funding is now available to U.S. fleets. Here’s what you need to know.

Overview

Volkswagen has settled with the U.S. Department of Justice over the automaker’s efforts to cheat emissions testing.  As a result, nearly three billion dollars has been allocated to reduce diesel emissions in commercial vehicles across the United States.  That’s a lot of money, and fleets have an opportunity to use it to replace diesel-powered vehicles with cleaner, more fuel-efficient trucks moving forward.

Each U.S. state has had an opportunity to define their own program parameters. Most states have now done so, and their VW funding programs are ready to begin fielding reimbursement submissions. The funds are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, until funds run out – so now is the time to move forward.

The question is:  Are you ready to tap into what’s available in your state?

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VW Settlement Funding is Finally Here – Are You Ready?

XL Wins Emerging Company of the Year Award from NECEC

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Last night, XL was recognized by the Northeast Clean Energy Council as Emerging Company of the Year during NECEC’s annual Green Tie Gala Awards.  The prestigious event is designed to recognize the biggest achievements across the clean technology space, and XL was honored to receive the award for its rapid growth and significant contributions to clean transportation in the commercial and municipal fleet industry.

The award was our third significant recognition in the past few months.  We were named one of Boston Business Journal’s Best Places to Work in June, and were among the finalists for the New England Venture Capital Association’s NEVY award for Clean Tech & Energy Company of the Year in April.  We’re also a finalist for the upcoming S&P Global Platts Global Energy Awards for Commercial Technology of the Year, and we’ll find out those results in December.

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XL Wins Emerging Company of the Year Award from NECEC

Under the Hood with an XL Engineer: Electrifying the 4.3L GM Van

GM4.3LEngineWith each new model year, trucks can come equipped with a bevy of vehicle improvements and modifications. When XL’s automotive partners introduce a design change to one of their vehicles, our electrified vehicle engineering team gets excited. Take the MY18 Chevy Express and GMC Savana vans, for example. The big vehicle change this year? The addition of a 4.3L gasoline engine.

To support the change, XL recently engineered our XLH hybrid electric system for General Motors Express and Savana passenger / cargo vans with GM’s new 4.3L engine.  In doing so, we remain compatible with all engine and wheelbase configurations of this popular GM van model, and further extend our industry leadership on the variety of electrified vehicles we’ve made available.

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Under the Hood with an XL Engineer: Electrifying the 4.3L GM Van

Electrified Pickups Have Arrived. (Really!)

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For years, fleets have been hearing about the impending rise of electrified pickups.  They’ve kept a hopeful eye on the market, waiting for these versatile vehicles to revolutionize the work truck industry with their high performance and low environmental impact.   Unfortunately, many of those early claims short-circuited, along with the companies trying to bring those products to market.

As a result, there’s a healthy skepticism today around any claims of an electrified pickup truck that can simultaneously meet the needs of the driver, the fleet manager, and the sustainability executive.  But that vision has very much become a reality, with XL’s Fleet-Ready™ electrified versions of America’s best-selling trucks.  Our hybrid electric Ford F-250 and plug-in hybrid electric F-150 pickups are here today.  They’re road-tested, independently validated, and racking up sustainable mileage for commercial and municipal fleets across North America.

Since 2009, XL has been revolutionizing the fleet industry with hybrid electric and plug-in hybrid electric versions of some of the industry’s most popular and proven OEM vehicles, including box trucks, cutaways, stripped chassis, transit vans and more.  We’ve now added electrified Ford F-series pickups to our product lineup, and the response – from the media, environmental agencies, and, most importantly, our customers – has been tremendous.  Here are a few of the highlights.

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Electrified Pickups Have Arrived. (Really!)