XL Hybrids expands Ford upfit offerings

imageXL Hybrids will offer a hybrid-drive powertrain for Ford E-Series vans beginning in the third quarter of this year.

Clay Siegert, Vice President, supply chain for XL Hybrids says the company’s system can be purchased for under $10,000 with an ROI between 3 and 5 years (depending on duty cycles) while offering users up to 21.2 percent reduction in fuel use in real world conditions. He notes that because the hybrid drive systems provide immediate, usable torque at take-off, fleets can save even more fuel in GM vans by downsizing from the 6-liter V-8 engine to the more fuel efficient 4.8 liter engine with little or no degradation in vehicle performance.

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Jack Roberts is executive editor for CCJ and equipment editor for its sister magazine Overdrive. Roberts joined Randall-Reilly in 1995 as associate editor of Equipment World magazine and began covering both heavy-duty and light trucks in 1996. In 2006 he was the founding editor of Total Landscape Care before joining CCJ's staff in 2008.