Three West Coast Fleets Electrify Vehicles With XL


XL, a provider of vehicle electrification solutions for commercial and municipal fleets, has announced a trio of West Coast municipalities and utilities that have electrified portions of their fleets with XL-equipped vehicles.

Fleets for the City of Tacoma, Wash.; Clark Public Utilities in Washington; and the City of Palo Alto, Calif., are in the process of deploying multiple XL plug-in hybrid electric Ford F-150 pickup trucks. The City of Tacoma is also adding several of XL’s hybrid electric units, including XL hybrid-equipped Ford Transits and Ford F-250 trucks.

The fleets can expect to increase the MPG of their plug-in hybrid electric Ford F-150 pickup trucks by up to 50% and reduce CO2 emissions by one-third when compared to their standard gasoline-powered vehicles, says XL.

“XL’s Fleet-Ready electrification systems help customers reach increasingly strict emissions reduction targets without needing to invest in additional charging or fueling infrastructure, and with no impact on vehicle performance,” notes Clay Siegert, XL’s chief operating officer. “Our systems have become the top electrification choice for Class 2-6 fleet vehicles because they provide strong financial and sustainability value in a very short time while delivering the performance needed for today’s most rigorous applications.”

XL notes that Washington has a goal to reduce greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions to 25% below 1990 levels by 2035. Additionally, California’s goal is to reduce GHG emissions by 30% to reach 1990 levels by 2030.

“Our utility and city environmental plan calls for upgrading public and utility fleets with electrified vehicles and reducing fossil fuel usage, which aligns with our commitment to a green environment,” says Don Ashmore, fleet manager for Tacoma Public Utilities. “Since XL provides plug-in hybrids in a pickup truck format, the 33 percent reduction in fuel and improved brake life makes for great ROI all in one package to help meet our environmental plan goals.”

Paul Chamberlain, fleet services manager of Clark Public Utilities, adds, “We’ve worked for years to reduce vehicle emissions across our fleet while maintaining performance and controlling costs. We run hybrids, plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles in our light-duty vehicles where they fit in to work practices, but the XL plug-in hybrid Ford F-150s are the first plug-in electric trucks in our operations fleet. They are large enough to carry crews, have the four-wheel drive capability needed in rough terrain, and offer substantial efficiencies such as fuel-savings and lower maintenance costs.”

“Greenhouse-gas emission reduction has been a city goal for many years, and we do that in part by replacing vehicles with cleaner versions over the course of their normal life cycles,” says Raul Juarez, fleet manager for the City of Palo Alto. “We also need to provide the city’s fleet with reliable equipment that won’t have any problems if left unplugged. The city anticipates that XL’s electrification technology will both reduce emissions, as well as costs, so it’s a benefit for all.”

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