Photo of GM cutaway buses courtesy of XL Hybrids.

Photo of GM cutaway buses courtesy of XL Hybrids.

XL Hybrids, Inc. has provided its newly-developed hybrid electric low-floor shuttle bus to ARBOC Specialty Vehicles, an Indiana-based small- and medium-duty bus manufacturer, for paratransit fleets.

The GM cutaway buses are upfitted with XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System and are designed to meet ARBOC’s specifications to optimize accessibility for paratransit and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The XL3 technology lowers carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 20%.

The XL3 hybrid system also adds less than 400 pounds to the cutaway buses and does not use any cabin space. The system also integrates seamlessly with OEM engines without impacting the routine of the driver.

“Accessibility for people in wheelchairs used to mean they had to be put on a lift and pushed inside buses,” said Don Roberts, president and CEO of ARBOC Specialty Vehicles. “Our low-floor buses are built on a conventional GM cutaway and include a ramp that is fully compliant with ADA criteria. Everyone uses the same door opening so that entering and exiting is safe, efficient and allows the same dignity for all passengers.”