This is not XL Fleet's first forway into waste and recyling. In February 2021, XL Fleet entered...

This is not XL Fleet's first forway into waste and recyling. In February 2021, XL Fleet entered into a partnership with Curbtender. 

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XL Fleet Corp., a provider of fleet electrification solutions for commercial and municipal fleets, announced an agreement with Rubicon to bring XL Fleet’s offerings for fleet electrification to Rubicon’s network of waste and recycling hauler partners.

Rubicon offers a software platform that provides smart waste and recycling solutions for businesses and governments worldwide,

According to XL Fleet, the partnership will help the company grow its customer base by jointly approaching Rubicon’s partner network with the Electrification-as-a-Service offering. XL Fleet aims to provide hybrid electric, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric solutions, as well as deliver charging infrastructure through its XL Grid division, as a complete, end-to-end offering to Rubicon’s network of more than 7,000 vendor and hauler partners across the United States.

“We are extremely proud to partner with technology leaders like Rubicon and bring our comprehensive fleet electrification solutions to its broad partner base of fleet managers within the waste management space,” said Tod Hynes, Founder and President at XL Fleet. “The market opportunity to help electrify the waste and recycling industry is significant as fleets look to meet their sustainability goals, and this collaboration expands and advances our existing efforts to capitalize on this growing opportunity. With the help of XL Fleet’s electrification offering, Rubicon will be able to offer solutions to its network of hauler partners, and bring enhanced cost-efficiency, convenience and performance to their fleets.”

With more than 150 million customer miles driven and more than 4,300 units on the road, XL Fleet is the leader in fleet electrification solutions for medium-duty, Class 2-6 commercial and municipal vehicles, with plans to expand its product offering into heavy-duty applications including waste management. The company is excited to advance on its Electrification-as-a-Service offering and accelerate the electrification of Rubicon’s network of hauler partners. 

“We are committed to securing smart waste and recycling solutions for our customers and partners, who are now increasingly looking to electrify their fleets and drive tangible sustainability success in their businesses and operations,” said David Rachelson, Chief Sustainability Officer at Rubicon. “With XL Fleet’s cutting-edge electrification solutions, analytics capabilities, and charging infrastructure solutions, we can deliver real value by streamlining the process of fleet electrification. Rubicon is looking forward to helping our sustainability-focused hauler partners electrify their recycling and waste management fleets with the help of XL Fleet’s comprehensive Electrification-as-a-Service suite of offerings.”

This latest partnership builds on XL Fleet’s existing initiatives in the waste and recycling space announced earlier this year, including a partnership with refuse truck provider Curbtender, to develop all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. 

According to a previous release from XL Fleet, refuse trucks represent a $7 billion market segment within the global commercial fleet industry, with more than 62,000 units sold globally in 2018 and growing annually by 4%. Refuse collection trucks travel 25,000 miles annually on average and contribute around 1.4% of the transportation industry’s overall fuel consumption, making them an attractive application for electrification and a high-impact opportunity to drive decarbonization within the commercial sector.

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