When the XLP plug-in hybrid electric drive system was named one of TIME magazine’s Best Inventions of 2019 last week, it was an exciting and very public validation of something XL has known for years: Fleets want to drive greener now, even if the current challenges facing battery electric vehicles make it too difficult to broadly adopt them today.
XL’s recognition on the 2019 TIME Best Inventions list was published just a few days before GM President Mark Reuss posted an insightful and spot-on CNN piece outlining why electric cars won’t go mainstream before three major challenges – range, infrastructure and cost – get solved.
Those challenges are every bit as daunting to fleets as they are to consumers. Yet unlike consumers, fleets are under pressure to adopt alternative fuel vehicles now to meet short-term sustainability mandates from corporate leaders, local government officials, municipal constituents or all of the above.
Plug-in hybrid electric work trucks represent more than just a proving ground for the long-term value of EVs. They (along with their hybrid counterparts) represent the single best opportunity for fleets to capitalize on the most available, affordable and viable technologies on the road today to drive change. They provide the immediate sustainability value fleets need today, without being subject to the adoption challenges that need to be solved tomorrow.
TIME describes their Best Inventions list as “100 groundbreaking inventions that are changing the way we live, work, play and think about what’s possible.” When it comes to driving sustainable fleet vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric work trucks are making that change happen. Right now.