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What’s on Your Fleet Electrification Checklist?

Ever since transportation officially took over as the top contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., companies and municipalities of all sizes have taken the lead on solving the problem by setting and committing to aggressive sustainability goals.  While these efforts are commendable and critically needed, they have put added pressure on fleet managers to adopt more green vehicle solutions to help curb this trend.

As a result, fleet electrification has become one of the industry’s most popular initiatives in recent years. Electrified vehicles (EVs) can help fleets reduce fuel costs, lower emissions, and move the needle toward meeting sustainability objectives – but they’re not an ideal fit for every application or environment.

There are more commercial EVs available today than ever before, ranging from battery electric (BEV), to hybrid electric (HEV) and plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) – all of which have their own unique advantages and disadvantages depending on the application. 

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What’s on Your Fleet Electrification Checklist?

Profiles in XLence: John Heberlein


This month’s Profiles in XLence employee spotlight features John Heberlein, Production and Inventory Control Manager in XL Fleet’s Quincy, IL office.

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

I have been with XL since June of 2017, beginning in a part time role and then coming on board full time in April of 2018. In my role as Production and Inventory Control Manager in our Quincy, IL office, I am responsible for managing our incoming material, scheduling the production process from start to finish, and ultimately shipping our end products to customers throughout North America.

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

My favorite part of my job is working with my co-workers to produce a sustainable product that will benefit not only our clients, but our environment – both now and in the future. My favorite project was being an integral part of opening XL’s first branch office in Quincy, and helping it to become an integral part of XL’s company and culture.

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The Best Road to Sustainable Fleets is Now One of TIME’s Best Inventions

Time Cover

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.

The Best Road to Sustainable Fleets is Now One of TIME’s Best Inventions

In the News: Automotive Fleet

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.

Read the full story in Automotive Fleet.

In the News: Automotive Fleet

Profiles in XLence: Scott Parisi


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







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?


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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In the News: The Municipal


As more cities across North America continue to put forth ambitious carbon reduction goals, municipal fleet managers are increasingly being tasked with making the changes needed to turn those lofty sustainability targets into reality. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency now recognizes transportation as the number one contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, so municipal fleets are becoming a central area of focus for city and state governments looking to reduce their overall carbon footprint.

This trend, coupled with an increasing demand among city residents and society in general to “go green,” has led municipal fleet managers to consider alternative fuel vehicles for their work trucks. Electric powertrains have proven to be an enticing and increasingly popular option among consumer and commercial vehicles alike. However, all-electric, aka battery electric vehicles (BEVs), can still pose significant challenges for many types of fleets — especially those who travel longer distances or in rural areas on their routes.

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In the News: The Municipal

Profiles in XLence: Tejas Chafekar

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


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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Profiles in XLence: Tejas Chafekar

VW Settlement Funding is Finally Here – Are You Ready?

VW Blog Post

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.


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?