XL Hybrids, Inc., a provider of connected fleet electrification solutions for commercial and municipal fleets, announced AmeriPride Services is taking delivery of 21 Ford F-59 trucks featuring XL Hybrids’ XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System by the end of 2016.
AmeriPride, a linen and uniform industry fleet, will use the hybrid-electric F-59 trucks for uniform rental and linen supply delivery in North American metropolitan markets including Arizona and Minnesota.
“Adding hybrid-electric technology to our fleet allows us to reduce AmeriPride’s carbon footprint and save money,” said Banny Allison, fleet services manager at AmeriPride Services. “Our pilot programs using hybrid-electric technology have been successful and we want to continue incorporating alternative fuels into our fleet to become more sustainable. XL Hybrids has been a great partner to help us transform our company and the industry.”
The hybrid-electric F-59 trucks are the latest on-road deployment of XL Hybrids technology by AmeriPride, which already operates a fleet of hybrid-electric service vans with XL3 systems in Canada.
Since 2013, AmeriPride Services fleet vans with XL Hybrids technology have driven more than 300,000 road miles, yielding a 24% improvement in mpg and reductions in CO2 and NOx. This translates to nearly 4,500 gallons of fuel saved and a reduction of 40 metric tons of CO2. Over the projected 10-year life of these vans with XL Hybrids technology, AmeriPride is expected to reduce approximately 17,000 gallons of fuel and more than 160 metric tons of CO2.
The F-59 platform, with payloads exceeding 15,000 pounds, is ideal for food, linen, and package delivery fleets, according to XL Hybrids. The XL3 hybrid system is installed on F-59 trucks in fewer than six hours. Installation of the XL3 system leaves the Ford engine, transmission, fuel system, and exhaust system completely intact. Fleets maintain the complete Ford OEM warranty and get a three-year, 75,000-mile warranty from XL Hybrids on the XL3 hybrid powertrain, according to XL Hybrids.
All field results are being captured by XL Hybrids’ wireless data connectivity system, XL Link, which tracks key performance indicators such as mpg, vehicle duty cycle, and CO2 emissions reduction. XL Link vehicle connectivity is a continuous data link from every vehicle collecting millions of vehicle operational data points, allowing analysis, and reports on key performance indicators.
“We are pleased to support forward-thinking organizations like AmeriPride that see the value in looking long-term and investing in clean energy technology,” said Clay Siegert, XL Hybrids’ cofounder and chief operating officer. “Our customers are leaders in their respective industries because they make decisions backed by data. They see that XL Hybrids provides solid ROI and know that we are continuing to innovate to deliver a competitive advantage to their fleet programs.”
The F-59 hybrid-electric upfits were completed by XL Hybrids' installation partner, A-1 Alternative Fuel Systems, in Elkhart, Ind.
For more information on XL Hybrids’ technology and availability, visit www.xlhybrids.com.