XL Hybrids Inc. has announced its XL3 hybrid electric powertrain system is now available on the Reach commercial van from Isuzu and Utilimaster. The company says the Reach marks the first diesel-powered vehicle with the XL3.
As XL Hybrids explains, its XL3 system saves fuel through regenerative braking, a process by which the electric motor helps slow the vehicle when the driver brakes, charging the battery. When the driver accelerates, the battery releases the energy to the electric motor, helping propel the vehicle.
The system is immediately available on the Reach van, a high-roof Class 3 delivery van that comes with a standard 151.4-inch wheelbase and the 3.0L, 150 HP, Isuzu DOHC I-4 diesel engine.