XL Fleet has opened a new fleet electrification technology location in Wixom, Mich., as the company continues its rapid expansion to meet customer demand for a range of electrification solutions, the company said.
The 24,655 square-foot facility will serve as a fleet electrification technology center to support the design, development, testing and production of a wide range of commercial vehicle electrification solutions, XL Fleet said. It will supplement XL Fleet’s extensive product research and development programs, with technology capabilities for prototyping, controls development, and electrical and systems engineering.
The facility will also include a component test lab including vibration capability, a vehicle chassis dynamometer, an electronics lab and battery testing equipment.
The company said it expects to significantly expand its electrified powertrain systems portfolio over the next several years, with solutions including hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery electric and fuel cell electric systems, as well as electrification systems for a range of new medium- and heavy-duty commercial applications.
XL Fleet anticipates growing its engineering team by approximately 50% in 2021, many of which will be based in the new Wixom facility. The company expects to add at least 50 new Michigan-based team members within the next three years, as the location will provide access to a wealth of automotive and commercial vehicle engineering talent within the region.