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XL Hybrids: A Million Miles

XL Hybrids has just added PepsiCo to its list of big name customer fleets.

XL Hybrids has just added PepsiCo to its list of big name customer fleets.

Customer fleets have driven more than a million miles using the new XL3 hybrid electric drive from XL Hybrids, the Boston-based company says. It’s a “major milestone for both the company and the industry,” XL said, noting that customer fleets are now logging more than 200,000 miles per month.

“There are very few alternative fuel companies that can claim such a fast uptake of their technology,” said XL president and founder Tod Hynes. “The fact that one million miles was reached so quickly indicates our customers are taking full advantage of the reduction in fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions they can achieve with our innovative hybrid electric powertrain.

“The nation’s largest corporate fleets are accelerating deployment of our technology, including The Coca-Cola Company and FedEx,” Hynes said. “More global brands are ordering new XL Hybrid powertrains for their fleets, so we expect to rev up even more industry milestones in 2014.”

XL (Booth 445) says that its technology reduces fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions by 20%. With one million miles achieved, XL customers have effectively saved 18,000 gallons of gasoline, the company says, and, with fewer fueling stops, 184 hours worth of driver productivity.

XL Hybrids, which hit the market in 2010 with a bolt-on kit for converting GM vans to hybrid electric operation, now offers upfits for Ford vehicles and for larger vehicles, with kits for cutaways and strip chassis vehicles, as well as for vans.

“Our clients tell us that once they install XL Hybrids’ powertrain, their operations teams embrace the new technology immediately,” says XL sales and marketing VP Jay Sandler in the million miles announcement. “They rave about the fact that no additional training or infrastructure is needed.”

“Best of all, they see savings on fuel costs right away and begin meeting sustainability goals at a faster rate.”

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