XL Hybrids Gets CARB Go-Ahead for Van Conversions
The 2014 model-year Chevrolet Express cargo van is one of the vehicles covered under the new Executive Order from CARB. (PHOTO: General Motors)
XL Hybrids, Inc., developer of hybrid-electric powertrain technology for commercial and municipal fleets, announced it has received a California Air Resources Board (CARB) Executive Order (EO) #D-731-1 allowing aftermarket conversions of gasoline-powered 2012-2014 model-year General Motors 2500 and 3500 vans, Chevrolet Express, and GMC Savana vans into hybrid-electric vehicles. The XL Hybrids XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System is on sale now in California for the first time.
“XL Hybrids is blazing a trail with the industry’s first CARB aftermarket hybrid electric vehicle conversion EO,” said Ed Lovelace, chief technology officer for XL Hybrids. “Our XL3 Hybrid System is especially effective for fleets with immediate commercial vehicle sustainability requirements, and for high mileage users because the price point makes financial sense for many California businesses and organizations – even without government incentives. We’re proud that our simple, quick-install system helps combat ever-increasing fuel prices, while helping to meet sustainability goals.”
The XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System has been shown to increase miles driven per gallon by approximately 25 percent in real-world fleet vehicle driving, according to the manufacturer. The XL3 is a regenerative braking system, which requires no special fueling stations, plug-ins, or maintenance.
XL Hybrids also announced the signing of an installation and distribution agreement with Emissions Retrofit Group (ERG) in California. ERG has facilities in four California cities including Sacramento, Oakland, Redding, and Ontario.