XL Hybrids and Knapheide Mark Completion of 100th Fleet Powertrain Installation
February 27, 2014
Photo courtesy of XL Hybrids.
XL Hybrids, Inc., developer of hybrid electric powertrains for commercial vans and trucks, and Knapheide Manufacturing Company, a commercial vehicle equipment providers in North America, have announced that Knapheide has completed more than 100 installations of XL Hybrids’ XL3 powertrain on fleet vehicles.
“Installing over 100 hybrid electric powertrain components on Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana cargo vans in our first five months of production is a great accomplishment,” said Bo Knapheide, senior vice president of distributor and fleet operations. “With XL Hybrids’ technology we offer fleet customers a work-ready, fuel-efficient hybrid van that delivers a fast payback.”
XL Hybrids’ technology, which reduces fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions by 20 percent on urban and suburban routes, has been successfully deployed in the field with some of the largest fleets in North America, including Coca-Cola and FedEx, according to the company.
Designed for seamless integration in four to six hours with the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) powertrain, XL Hybrids’ technology is delivered by Knapheide via the OEM ship-through process, providing a one-stop purchase, upfit, delivery, and invoice experience for commercial fleets. In addition to new MY-2014 vehicle upfits, Knapheide installation facilities have also completed hybrid electric retrofits of MY-2012 and MY-2013 vans, according to the company.