XL Hybrids will offer a plug-in hybrid electric half-ton pickup truck that's expected to increase range by 50% and offer a significant reduction of carbon-dioxide emissions, the vehicle modifier announced.
The company will offer its XLP powertrain as a ship-through option on half-ton pickup trucks from leading OEMs starting in late 2017.
The XLP will built on the technology used on the company's XL3 hybrid-electric powertrain. The XLP lithium battery pack will be over 10 kWh, and will accommodate Levels 1 and 2 charging using an industry-standard plug.
Installing the XLP system on half-ton pickup trucks will leave the OEM's engine, transmission, fuel system, and exhaust system intact. Fleets will maintain the OEM warranty and get a three-year, 75,000-mile warranty from XL Hybrids for the XLP powertrain. The XLP system will have no special maintenance requirements.
The system will also include the XL Link cloud-based big data analytics system that measures MPG performance and reports carbon-dioxide reductions. XL Link vehicle connectivity is a continuous data link from every vehicle, collecting millions of operational data points, allowing analysis and reports on key performance indicators.
San Diego Gas & Electric Company, Liberty Utilities, Hawaiian Electric Company, and Montgomery County are among the customers that intend to purchase the XLP PHEV system, according to XL Hybrids. XLP ship-through deliveries will begin in the fourth quarter of 2017.