Fleet electrification leader XL Hybrids has announced the company received a California Air Resources Board Executive Order (CARB EO) allowing aftermarket conversions of gasoline-powered Ford Transit cargo vans and passenger wagons to be upgraded with the XL3® Hybrid Electric Drive System.
This executive order is the first-ever awarded by CARB for electrifying Ford Transit vans and wagons and covers model years 2017, 2016 and 2015.
This news follows XL Hybrids’ previous announcement that the company was the first-ever to receive CARB Executive Orders on General Motor cargo vans and wagons.
CARB also awarded XL Hybrids with the first California Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) vehicle eligibility allowing an incentive for aftermarket conversions of gasoline-powered Ford Transit vans and wagons into hybrid electric vehicles for model years 2017, 2016, and 2015.
California fleets can receive $2,500 vouchers for each Ford Transit van or wagon upfitted with XL Hybrids’ XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System for up to 100 vehicles per fleet. The second 100 vehicles per fleet will receive $2,000 vouchers for each upfitted Ford Transit van. XL Hybrids conversions for CARB-compliant GM vans and wagons also qualify for HVIP.
According to the company, the XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System increases miles driven per gallon by approximately 25 percent. The technology works seamlessly in the background with no impact on fleet operations. No driver training, or charging or fueling infrastructure required.