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Ford F-250 Pickups and Fleet Customers to Get Hybrid Electric Upfit from XL Hybrids

| October 10, 2017

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XL Hybrids, Inc., a leader in connected fleet electrification solutions for commercial and municipal fleets, announced that the company will begin production of the XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System for Model Year 2018 Ford Super Duty F-250 pickups in first quarter 2018.

XL Hybrids has adapted its XL3 technology for Ford F-250 trucks based on demand from fleet customers who are seeking even better fuel efficiency from Ford’s popular three-quarter-ton work trucks. This will be the first time that Ford F-250 trucks can be ordered by fleet customers with hybrid electric drive technology.

Now fleets can enjoy an up to 25 percent increase in miles per gallon – and accompanying reductions in CO2 emissions – on trucks used for rugged towing, hauling capacity, and utility applications.

Installation of the XL3 system can be completed in just hours on F-250 pickup trucks as a ship-thru upfit. XL3 will be upfit on the Ford Super Duty 6.2-liter V8 gasoline engine compatible with a range of wheelbases, cab and bed configurations in both 4×2 and 4×4 options. As with each XL3 installation, all components are installed under the vehicle, allowing the pickup bed’s full capacity.

“Ford Super Duty vehicles are in-demand by XL Hybrids’ fleet customers and so we have developed our hybrid-electric upfit solution for the F-250 pickup to meet our customers’ need for power and payload, as well as better fuel economy,” said Ed Lovelace, chief technology officer for XL Hybrids. “We recently surpassed a landmark 50 million total combined customer road miles, and our experience in successfully supporting leading fleets informs our product roadmap.”

The XL3 technology leaves the original equipment manufacturer’s (OEM) engine, transmission, fuel system and exhaust system completely intact. Fleets maintain the complete OEM warranty, and get a three-year, 75,000 mile warranty from XL Hybrids on the XL3 powertrain. The XL3 system requires no special maintenance, charging infrastructure or driver training. XL Hybrids is a qualified participant as both a technology provider and an installer in Ford’s Electrification Qualified Vehicle Modifier (eQVM) program.

“We’re excited to see XL Hybrids launch its hybrid electric upfits for our F-250 work trucks to help meet a growing customer need for improved efficiency while maintaining power, torque and work capability,” said Kevin Koswick, Ford director, North American Fleet Lease and Remarketing Operations.

XL Hybrids vehicles include the XL Link cloud-based big data analytics system, which measures MPG performance and reports sustainability benefits. XL Link’s proprietary vehicle connectivity is a continuous data link from every vehicle, collecting millions of operational data points, allowing analysis and reports on key performance indicators.

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