Washington State DOT Welcomes Plug-in Hybrid Work Truck

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In an effort to further reduce emissions, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) recently added a new Ford XL F-150 work truck to its fleet.

The light-duty hybrid truck is outfitted with XL’s XLP technology, which, according to XL, will provide a 50% increase in MPG compared to a traditional work truck and up to a 33% reduction in CO2 emissions.

According to a blog from WSDOT, the agency purchased the vehicle in September and is putting it to use in “all areas around the state, including maintenance, construction and project engineering.” WSDOT expects the vehicle to get 21 miles per gallon and have a 12-year lifespan.

The blog notes that the agency also has 45 plug-in hybrid electric Chevy Volts, 20 all-electric Chevy bolts and 100 other hybrid vehicles.

“With XL’s first-ever plug-in hybrid electric Ford F-150 pickup, municipal fleets throughout North America are realizing that they no longer need to sacrifice performance to meet their sustainability goals,” comments Eric Foellmer, director of marketing for XL. “WSDOT is fully committed to serving their community with cleaner, greener fleet vehicles, and XL is proud to be a part of that effort.”

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