Inline motor design on third-generation hybrid system allows for faster installation, large-scale production.
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XL Hybrids, Inc., developer of a low-cost hybrid electric powertrain designed specifically for class 1 to 4 commercial fleet use, unveiled its XL3 product release for model year 2014 vehicles using a patent-pending inline traction motor system design, the newest upgrade for its successful hybrid conversion system. The XL3 inline motor system is a significant technological advancement that allows for fast installation by XL Hybrids' certified ship-thru upfitters, Knapheide Manufacturing and Leggett & Platt Commercial Vehicle Products. XL Hybrids has created one of the lowest-cost advanced alternative powertrain conversions for the commercial vehicle market, which can provide more than $15,000 in total cost of ownership savings, net of the hybrid system purchase price.
The XL3 design seamlessly integrates with the original equipment manufacturers' powertrain without major vehicle modifications. It is also rapidly configurable for all rear-wheel-drive light duty vans and trucks, allowing XL Hybrids to release the hybrid conversion for vehicles across manufacturers and powertrain specs. This helps meet growing customer demand for a drop-in solution to reduce fuel costs without reliance on subsidies. Over the next 18 months, XL Hybrids will release the XL3 system for GM and Ford cutaway vans, shuttle vans and box trucks, as well as select class 4 box truck platforms.
"The XL Hybrids XL3 powertrain is truly a drop-in product for ship-thru upfitters, who are accustomed to rapidly modifying and upfitting tens of thousands of vehicles per year," said Dr. Edward Lovelace, chief technology officer at XL Hybrids. "Our R&D team is continually focused on delivering technological advancements to reduce installation complexity and time, and to enhance customer experience and value."
Fleet customers can specify the XL3 system on their ship-thru orders of 2014 GM Express and Ford E-Series vans with dealers or purchase bailment pool vans from upfitters with the XL3 system installed. The system is available in the U.S. and Canada. For more information on XL Hybrids technology and availability, visit www.xlhybrids.com or email info at xlhybrids.com.