AmeriPride Selects XL Hybrids Powertrain To Reduce Fuel Consumption In Light Duty Fleet Operations
XL Hybrids, Inc., developer of a low-cost hybrid electric powertrain designed specifically for class 1 to 4 commercial fleet use, today announced that it is providing hybrid vans to Canadian Linen, a linen and uniform service subsidiary of AmeriPride Services. Canadian Linen initiated a pilot program in August 2013 to test Chevy Express vans fitted with XL Hybrids’ hybrid electric powertrain. Preliminary estimates project a 20 percent fuel and greenhouse gas emissions reduction over conventional cargo vans and a payback in less than half of the vehicle’s lifespan. The Canadian Linen deployment represents XL Hybrids’ first exports to Canada, a market where businesses experience about 20 percent higher fuel prices than in the U.S.
Canadian Linen’s hybrid vans are used at offsite service centers to deliver and pick up special orders that are not part of regular routes, to visit customers and to assist on routes if other trucks require maintenance.The hybrid vans are expected to drive approximately 20,000 miles per year and are operating around the Toronto metropolitan area. The XL Hybrids hybrid electric powertrain doesn’t require any additional infrastructure or driver training, and Canadian Linen will not experience any changes to vehicle operations.
“This hybrid pilot program is part of a larger company initiative to reduce energy consumption and our carbon footprint,” said Naiem Nairouz, senior vice president of Canadian operations at Canadian Linen. “As a leader in the industry, we feel it’s our responsibility to consider and pilot programs using alternative fuel options and support the advancement of these new technologies. In addition, we hope it will reduce our fuel costs and lower our exposure to fuel price rate increases.”
“Canadian Linen and AmeriPride operate a world-class uniform and linen company in North America, and XL Hybrids will help them save money and achieve their sustainability objectives,” said Justin Ashton, vice president of business development at XL Hybrids. “With the delivery of the Canadian Linen hybrid vans, our technology is available across Canada as a ship-thru option, which will help fleet managers reduce operating expenses in a region with higher fuel costs.”
XL Hybrids recently unveiled its XL3 product release for model year 2014 vehicles. The XL3 release uses a patent-pending inline traction motor system design, the newest upgrade for the company’s successful hybrid conversion system. The system is now available as a ship-thru option in the U.S. and Canada.
For more information on XL Hybrids technology and availability, visit www.xlhybrids.com or email info [at] xlhybrids.com.
About XL Hybrids
XL Hybrids designs, manufactures and installs hybrid electric powertrains for commercial vans and trucks. The company’s patent-pending hybrid electric powertrain can be installed on existing vehicles or as an upfit on new ones. By storing energy wasted in braking and reapplying it during acceleration, XL Hybrids technology decreases fuel use and carbon dioxide emissions by up to 21.2 percent on urban routes, while operating with the same durability and reliability as traditional vans and trucks. XL Hybrids was founded by MIT alumni and is based in Boston. For more information, visit www.xlhybrids.com. Follow us on Twitter @XLHybrids.
Headquartered in Minnetonka, Minnesota, AmeriPride Services is recognized as one of the largest uniform rental and linen supply companies in North America. Operating more than 115 production facilities and service centers throughout the United States and Canada, AmeriPride provides linen, uniforms, floor mats, restroom products and facilities services to nearly 150,000 customers every week. Founded in 1889 by George and Frank Steiner, the privately held company is still owned and managed by the Steiner family. Commitment to the customer, personalized service and innovation has sustained the company for over 120 years. Additional company information can be found online at www.ameripride.com.
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