XL Hybrids Inc., a connected fleet electrification solutions provider for commercial and municipal fleets, says it has installed its XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System in 15 additional passenger and cargo vans for Montgomery County, Md.
According to XL Hybrids, the 15 upfitted Ford Transit vans have been added to the 10 existing Ford Econoline hybrid vans already in use in the county’s fleet.
“We have had the XL Hybrids-equipped vans in our fleet for more than a year and have seen 25 percent MPG improvement over 200,000 road miles,” said William Griffiths, division chief of Montgomery County. “Based on solid [return on investment] of the XL3 system, as we order new vans and trucks, our plan is to upfit all possible vans and trucks with XL Hybrids’ technology.”
The company says that 25 hybrid electric vans are being used at various Montgomery County departments, including passenger service, law enforcement and facilities maintenance, as well as for plumbers, electricians and road safety crews.
Further, the county vans are also equipped with XL Hybrids’ XL Link cloud-based fleet vehicle connectivity and analytics system, which measures MPG performance, fuel savings and CO2 reduction. The XL Link reports deliver mobility and easy access to key metrics that are important to fleets’ specific needs and sustainability goals.
“Montgomery County has a comprehensive, forward-thinking sustainability program, and we’re pleased that our technology is supporting the county’s green fleet goals,” said Clay Siegert, XL Hybrids’ co-founder and chief operating officer. “The vans are reducing carbon-dioxide emissions and fuel usage, resulting in a quick return on investment. Since the XL3 system requires no special fueling infrastructure, no plugs and no driver training, it works seamlessly in the background, with zero impact on fleet operations or service.”