XL’s Hybrid Ford F-250 Pickup Conversion Earns CARB Approval

Ford-qualified supplier expands offering in important market for a fully capable work vehicle that gets 25% better fuel economy

The 350 lb. hybrid system has minimal impact on truck payload, and it requires no change in towing capacity.
The 350 lb. hybrid system has minimal impact on truck payload, and it requires no change in towing capacity.

XL, provider of vehicle electrification solutions for commercial fleets, received approval from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to sell hybrid electric Ford F-250 pickup trucks in California, marking the fourteenth CARB executive order achieved by the company.

Adapted specifically for the F-250, the XLH system is said to increase the miles per gallon of an F-250 up to a 25%, while reducing CO2 emissions by 20%. With an MSRP of $10,990, the system is predicted to pay for itself in 50,000 to 100,000 miles, depending on the price of gasoline and the fleet’s initial mpg.

The 350 lb. system has minimal impact on truck payload, and it requires no change in towing capacity. XL is a Ford-qualified eQVM supplier, so the XLH conversion does not change the status of Ford’s OEM warranty. The XLH powertrain components come with a three-year, 75,000 mile warranty from XL.

XL says it has earned the most CARB executive orders for commercial vehicle electrification in the automotive industry.

The California Air Resources Board and other organizations continue to pursue the statewide goals for reducing greenhouse gases to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030, and part of the burden will rest on the transportation sector to reduce emissions. Many commercial and public fleets are deploying electrified fleet vehicles to meet these goals.

In addition to hybrid electric F-250s, XL also offers hybrid electric (HEV) systems for Ford Transit vans, General Motors vans and cutaways, and Ford E-Series cutaways. XL introduced its plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) system for Ford F-150s last year, highlighting an MPG gain of 50% and CO2 reduction of 33%.

“The XLH system is helping us to be in line with the California greenhouse gas reduction standards for the vehicles we use in the County,” said Mike Quan, C.P.M. for the County of Los Angeles Internal Services Department – Fleet Services. “And the XL Link telematics program will allow us to measure and analyze speed, idling, vehicle drive cycle, CO2 emissions reductions and MPG.”

Clay Siegert, chief operating officer of XL, said, “California continues to set a high bar for electrified vehicle technology, and we’ve seen many U.S. states following California’s lead. As a result of this CARB executive order, XL provides fleets with even more choices for electrified trucks and vans, while ensuring that XL is well-positioned should California and other U.S. states tighten restrictions on conventional vehicles with internal combustion engines.”

The XL team will host a webinar on September 20 with CALSTART to discuss how fleet managers can expedite achieving their fleet sustainability goals. For more information about XL fleet electrification technology, fleet managers can also contact sales@xlfleet.com.