XL PHEV System Improves Ford F-250 Truck Fuel Economy By 50%

MAR 9 2019 BY MARK KANE 21

Fleets will be able to save on fuel, although it’s just an enhanced hybrid system

As earlier announced, XL presents at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis its plug-in hybrid system installed in Ford F-250 Super Duty Pickup.

The initial assessment performed by XL reportedly indicates the potential for up to 50% improvement in miles driven per gallon (MPG) over the conventional factory F-250. Reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is expected to be at 33% during normal operation.

Having a 15 kWh battery (rechargeable externally via J1772) and electric motor supporting the engine, the XL doesn’t have any real all-electric range, so it’s kind of a hybrid vehicle with a plug-in capability compared to typical PHEVs, which usually can move in all-electric mode. We could call it a base electrification approach for times where there are no factory plug-in hybrids.

Production and deliveries are scheduled for Q4 2019.

“XL’s newest product expands its successful plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) product family, which also includes the XLP™ Ford F-150 that the company began shipping in 2018 to municipal, utility and commercial fleets throughout the United States.”

“The XLP F-250 features a high voltage 15 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that is compatible with Level 1 and Level 2 charging stations using an industry-standard J1772 plug interface. The battery is also charged by regenerative braking during driving, which captures and stores energy while slowing the vehicle. The energy is then transferred back into the drivetrain through an electric motor which helps propel the vehicle during acceleration, reducing fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and brake wear. The entire system weighs 750 pounds and is professionally mounted onto existing factory components.  The XLP F-250 has no effect on Ford factory warranties, and requires no special maintenance procedures or charging infrastructure enhancements.”

Tod Hynes, Founder and CEO of XL said:

“The XLP F-250 is an important addition to the fleet industry, providing the legendary performance of a Ford Super Duty truck with the proven sustainability and fuel economy enhancements of an XL electrification system. The fleet industry is looking for ways to electrify their trucks now, without adding significant infrastructure costs or range concerns for their drivers. This vehicle gives them that power.”

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The vehicle’s 3 year / 75,000 hybrid components warranty doesn’t meet California’s 10 year / 150,000 mile warranty requirement for EV/ PHEV vehicle traction batteries: https://ww2.arb.ca.gov/resources/fact-sheets/california-vehicle-and-emissions-warranty-periods

Still not released by Ford.
More proof there’s a business conspiracy at the highest levels.
There should be a Ford Shareholder LAWSUIT about the non-implementation of a hybrid system by Ford.
The hybrid concept has been proven for 20 YEARS.
That’s money on the table Ford isn’t attempting to grab.

When is the US Justice Department going to go after WHITE COLLAR CRIME.

Um, I’m at a loss for words, and that happens rarely.

The people who foment stuff are worse than real nutjobs.

No thanks. In for a penny, in for a pound. Considering the cost of this truck, I’d rather save the cash and wait for the full BEV in a few years. 50% increase in fuel mileage isn’t all too impressive when starting at 15-20 mpg.

Yes, 2 electric motors, a big battery and a REX style gas engine generator would yield better performance across the board. But, something-needs-to-happen-at-Ford.

Honestly, I don’t really understand REX at this point. BEV systems are so more uncomplicated than melding two different systems together. Granted, I own a Volt, which has been phenomenal. But it was a bridge car, and it’s time to transition to full BEV, away from the Rube Goldberg-esque REX platform.

Until batteries weight , cost and range crossover with Rex then Rex has a place.

Need to ditch the multispeed transmissions and rely on electric drive front and rear.

That their point. BEV is cost equivalent to REX today.

Although it is a nice improvement, this won’t sell to most truck buyers. They will sell enough for compliance reasons. A speed limiter of 80 mph? Really? How much will this cost vs a traditional F-250? How about vs a diesel?

Try making it perform better than the gas/diesel trucks, not worse. Again, fine vehicle, but I don’t see how they will make the costs work (which are big 3’s primary issue with EVs in general). They just need to understand you need to make vehicles that people want to buy (Rivian, Tesla) and people will buy them despite being electric. I already hear the eyes of my Ford co-worker rolling now.

This system will probably pay for itself in 250,000 mile life of a typical 250 truck, but only if it really gets the advertised MPG. A fleet manager might recognize that, but not sure if it is worth extra effort, etc unless it gets 50% better on gas only (if that is including EV it is pretty bad)

Compliance? For whom? This is a third-party modification…

Compliance tp CAFE standards is what i think you mean. But even so, Ford hasn’t adopted this technology, and probably won’t.

Will Ford mass produce this or other electrified systems? Will Ford get serious about BEVs? So far, given the present state of the art, this does not impress too much. Wanting bigger commitment and more oomph.

No matter how much Ford wants to ease into EVs, this interim retrofit is pretty basic… I worry the workers won’t have jobs if GM and Ford don’t get moving on clean products.

Where is the explanation of the various components in the drawing? How does braking recharge the battery?

Google “regenerative braking”. Its so awesome.

No effect on Ford’s warranty??

That guy is full of it.

I’ve talked to Ford’s engineering dept. They’re tied in tightly with their legal department. Any upfitter modifications, however minor, VOID THE WARRANTY. Ford are absolute D-bags about it. Go ahead, toss them an email asking about slapping some aftermarket hybrid system on a fleet vehicle. They’ll toss your paperwork in the shredder and laugh in your face.

Ford’s the worst.

No mention of how this effects the primary reason people buy an f250. Load and towing

The F250 is a heavy duty truck unlike the F150. When someone buys an F250, there is a reason behind the purchase. So is the tow rating the same as in a gas or diesel truck or how does the electric batteries hold up under a heavy load? Wouldn’t it have been better to work with a light duty truck than an F250?

Not for consumers why?

Guessing that 750 lbs cuts into the payload capacity, which is kinda the whole point of a pickup. A hybrid truck could be a good thing if it’s designed properly rather than retrofitted. It’s sad the big players have sat on their hands and I can’t feel sorry for the when the lose out to new players.