Fuel Smarts

XL Hybrids Touts Ford Transit MPG Improvement

August 10, 2016

Ford Transit equipped with an XL3 Hybrid system (Photo courtsey of XL Hybrids)
Ford Transit equipped with an XL3 Hybrid system (Photo courtsey of XL Hybrids)

XL Hybrids, a provider of fleet electrification solutions for commercial and municipal fleets, announced vehicle testing results that validate a 26% improvement in mpg on the Environmental Protection Agency's UDDS (Urban Dynamometer Driving Schedule) drive cycle for Ford Transit vans upfitted with XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive Systems.

The mileage improvement on the EPA UDDS drive cycle also includes a more than 50% reduction in emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOx). Conducted at an independent, EPA-certified chassis dynamometer testing lab, the test results mirror earlier EPA UDDS chassis dyno performance for Chevrolet and GMC 2500 Express and Savana vans equipped with XL Hybrids’ technology.

“This test result further validates that the XL3 hybrid electric drive system platform product delivers significant fuel savings to our fleet customers across multiple OEM models now including Ford Transit vans,” said Ed Lovelace, chief technology officer for XL Hybrids. “Our XL3 Hybrid System is especially effective for fleets to reduce fuel consumption in metropolitan driving environments and vehicles in stop-and-go traffic.”

The testing process compares fuel economy performance from a Ford Transit van operating on the OEM gas powertrain with that of a Ford Transit operating with the XL3 hybrid-electric system. The test was completed using a Ford Transit cargo van with a Ford 3.7L engine over the EPA UDDS drive cycle, which represents urban driving routes.

In addition to a more than 50% reduction in NOx emissions, the XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System reduces carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) by 20%, providing immediate benefits for companies aiming to meet sustainability goals. The technology works seamlessly in the background with zero impact on fleet operations, and no driver training, special plugs, or charging or fueling infrastructure requirements, according to the company.

The XL3 reduces fuel use through propulsion assist by the electric motor and recharges the battery through regenerative braking, a process in which the electric motor helps slow the vehicle when the driver brakes, and converts that energy to recharge the battery.

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