Independent Testing to U.S. EPS UDDS Bears It Out
XL Hybrids’s XL3 hybrid electric drive provides a 26% improvement in miles per gallon on the Ford Transit van, according to independent testing on the U.S. EPA UDDS/Urban Dynamometer Driving Schedule drive cycle, XL says.
Modified van chassis schematic courtesy XL Hybrids Modified van chassis schematic courtesy XL Hybrids The fuel efficiency results include a better than 50% reduction in NOx emissions, states a release. “The test results mirror earlier EPA UDDS chassis dyno performance for Chevrolet and GMC 2500 Express and Savana vans equipped with XL Hybrids’ technology,” the company says.
Stop-and-Go Is Good
“This test result further validates that the XL3 hybrid electric drive system platform product delivers significant fuel savings to our fleet customers across multiple OEM models now including Ford Transit vans,” XL Hybrids CTO Ed Lovelace says in the UDDS announcement. “Our XL3 Hybrid System is especially effective for fleets to reduce fuel consumption in metropolitan driving environments and vehicles in stop-and-go traffic,” he said. The UDDS testing was conducted on a Ford Transit cargo van with a 3.7-liter engine. The XL3 drive is available on a wide range new and existing Class 2 to 6 commercial fleet vehicles. It can be installed in less than six hours.