XL will electrify the fleets of Tacoma Public Utility, Clark Public Utilities and the City of Palo Alto
XL, the leader in connected vehicle electrification solutions for commercial and municipal fleets, has announced that Tacoma Public Utility, Clark Public Utilities and the City of Palo Alto are the latest West Coast municipalities and utilities to electrify portions of their fleets with XL-equipped vehicles.
The fleets can expect to increase the MPG of their plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) Ford F-150 pickup trucks by up to 50% and reduce CO2 emissions by one-third when compared to their standard gasoline-powered vehicles.
Municipalities and utilities along the US West Coast have been among the most active in the nation in reducing the environmental impact of their fleet vehicles to meet state, city and organisation-wide emissions reductions targets.
For example, Washington’s goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 25% below 1990 levels by 2035. Additionally, California’s goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% to reach 1990 levels by 2030, advancing the state’s leadership in clean transportation.
These three fleets are working to meet their strict emissions reduction targets by deploying plug-in hybrid and hybrid (HEV) electrification systems from XL.
“XL’s Fleet-Ready electrification systems help customers reach increasingly strict emissions reduction targets without needing to invest in additional charging or fuelling infrastructure, and with no impact on vehicle performance,” said XL chief operating officer Clay Siegert.
“Our systems have become the top electrification choice for Class 2-6 fleet vehicles because they provide strong financial and sustainability value in a very short time, while delivering the performance needed for today’s most rigorous applications.”
All three fleets are in the process of deploying multiple XL plug-in hybrid electric Ford F-150 pickup trucks, the first and only PHEV F-150 on the road today. Tacoma Public Utility is also adding several of XL’s hybrid electric units, including XL hybrid-equipped Ford Transits and Ford F-250 trucks.
Tacoma public utility fleet manager Don Ashmore: “Our utility and city environmental plan calls for upgrading public and utility fleets with electrified vehicles and reducing fossil fuel usage, which aligns with our commitment to a green environment. Since XL provides plug-in hybrids in a pickup truck format, the 33% reduction in fuel and improved brake life makes for great ROI all in one package to help meet our environmental plan goals.”
Fleet services manager of Clark Public Utilities Paul Chamberlain said: “We’ve worked for years to reduce vehicle emissions across our fleet while maintaining performance and controlling costs. We run hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and electric vehicles in our light duty vehicles where they fit in to work practices, but the XL plug-in hybrid Ford F-150s are the first plug-in electric trucks in our Operations fleet. They are large enough to carry crews, have the four-wheel drive capability needed in rough terrain, and offer substantial efficiencies such as fuel savings and lower maintenance costs.”