XL Hybrids Lands New Order For Its Plug-In Ford F-150 Trucks

2 months ago by Mark Kane 7

XL Hybrids Announces First XLP™ Plug-In Hybrid Upfit to be Installed on Ford F-150 Pickup Trucks

It seems that interest in plug-in pickup trucks has really grown recently, as we have seen from Havelaar, Bollinger, and the 80 mile, extended range Workhorse W-15 PHEV.  But even past those names, there is also XL Hybrids, with its XLP Plug-In Hybrid Upfit for the Ford F-150.

Ford F-150 PHEV

Ford F-150 Pickup Truck PHEV By XL Hybrids

Showing some success with its electrified conversion projects, XL Hybrids has announced new customers for its XLP Plug-In Hybrid Upfit for the F-150, which doesn’t affect the OEM powertrain or warranty:

  • the City of Long Beach, Calif.
  • Southern California Edison (SCE)
  • Tampa Electric (TECO)

Earlier orders were placed by:

  • NV Energy
  • DTE Energy
  • San Diego Gas & Electric Company — MoU for 110 units
  • Liberty Utilities
  • Hawaiian Electric Company

Deliveries are expected to start in the fourth quarter of this year.

XL Hybrids claims that around 10 kWh battery pack will enable to improve fuel economy by 50%, but the company has yet to disclose if there is any all-electric range (or the ability to switch to a pure EV mode at all).

XLP technology can be installed into:

  • MY17 and MY18 Ford F-150 pickups with the 2.7L EcoBoost engine and Ford’s Auto Stop-Start technology
  • upcoming MY18 Ford F-150 pickup with the new 3.3L base engine featuring Ford’s Auto Stop-Start technology

Quick spec (pdf):

  • more-than-10-kWh battery (no all-electric range number disclosed)
  • Level 1 (<12 hrs.) or Level 2 (<3 hrs.)
  • additional weight of the system 700 lbs (318 kg)
  • Electronic Speed Governor Up to 85 MPH
  • available for 4×2 and 4×4 drivelines
  • warranty is 3-years or 75,000 miles

“Installation of the XLP PHEV system can be completed in just hours on half-ton pickup trucks as a Ford ship-thru upfit. Featuring a volume-production ready high voltage lithium battery pack, XLP will accommodate full charging overnight with Level 1 and less than three hours for Level 2 charging using an industry-standard J1772 plug interface. The XLP technology leaves the original equipment manufacturer’s (OEM) engine, transmission, fuel system and exhaust system completely intact. Fleets will maintain the complete OEM warranty, and get a three-year, 75,000 mile warranty from XL Hybrids on the XLP powertrain. The XLP system will have no special maintenance requirements.

XLP will also include the XL Link™ cloud-based big data analytics system, which measures MPG performance and reports carbon dioxide emissions reductions. The proprietary 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.”

Clay Siegert, XL Hybrids’ co-founder and chief operating officer said:

“Our plug-in hybrid technology is an upfit on the reliable, road-tested and popular Ford F-150. With the OEM powertrain intact, fleet customers will maintain OEM warranty and service. Those are two of the benefits of XLP and the reason major fleets are placing order commitments to be among the first to get this PHEV pickup truck.”

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7 responses to "XL Hybrids Lands New Order For Its Plug-In Ford F-150 Trucks"

  1. DJ says:

    And still no info as to the cost of the conversion. 🙁 would be interested in seeing how much it costs. Not in the market for one admittedly but curious.

    1. David Murray says:

      I’m interested too.. Because we know whatever it costs to convert would likely be much less if Ford built it themselves at the factory. So if there’s a market for the conversion, there should definitely be a market for am OEM built version.

      1. William says:

        There is a market for an OEM version, but Ford would be next to last, on my list of PHEV trucks, if I had actual (more than a few) choices. Some of us, (myself included) would rather pay an additional $ 20k premium, and have a Tesla EV Truck, with a 125 kWh battery and access to the Tesla fast charge network. Ford has been the biggest ICE hanger on. If they didn’t make the EV transition in the next decade, I wouldn’t wonder why they tanked.

        1. Tom says:

          Or the facts which contradict you would indicate that the aluminum Ford is hundreds of pounds lighter than a Chevy or Ram and therefore inherently more efficient for an electric powertrain. So not sure what your purist BS opinion is even trying to say about being willing to pay for a product that doesn’t exist but whatever. You can place an order for this truck. You cannot for a Tesla. End.Of.Story.

          1. SJC says:

            Ford could make an EV F150 at a lower cost than a retrofit due to economies of scale. The XL people might convert 1000 per year, Ford could sell 10,000 per year.

  2. Jorey says:

    I have a 2015 with the 2.7 ecoboost and auto stop. Wonder why it can’t be retrofitted on a 2015. Not than in the market.

  3. Mark C says:

    Trucks like these have a real place in the market. The problem {for XL} is that when the OEM’s can’t make excuses anymore to NOT build them, Ford will start producing them and stop selling trucks at a commercial rate, thus killing XL’s business model.

    Pretty much the same thing as buying a new Solectria Force EV in the market today.

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