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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-12-2015, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
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XLHybrids Turning Transits Into Hybrids

While it's only a matter of time till Ford finally does this themselves, XLHybrids has stepped in:


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Called the XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System, the aftermarket conversion is designed by Massachusetts-based XLHybrids. Already offered for various North American market vehicles, including the Chevy Express 2500 and 3500, the GMC Savana and the outgoing Ford E-series of vehicles, the XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System contains everything needed to turn a regular truck into a far more efficient hybrid truck.

Taking a standard vehicle, XLHybrids supplements the vehicle’s existing gasoline engine by adding a 40 kilowatt electric motor on the prop shaft between the gearbox and the rear axle. It then adds a telematics and control unit that not only interfaces with the vehicle’s stock engine management system but also operates as a controller for the electric motor. Meanwhile, a small, 1.8 kilowatt-hour battery pack located somewhere between the vehicle’s chassis legs allows the system to recapture energy from braking and store it for later use.
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Former GM CEO Bob Lutz is doing the same thing with his VIA motors, but he services the work market exclusively with 1500 Silverados and Sierras http://www.viamotors.com/vehicles/electric-van/
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Smart move from Bob Lutz, having been involved with GM for as long as he did, that sure served as a solid foundation for him to go out and do this.



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Smart move from Bob Lutz, having been involved with GM for as long as he did, that sure served as a solid foundation for him to go out and do this.
they're one of the only ones doing what they're doing, plus Bob Lutz isn't a dumb man... (He's the man who birthed the Volt after all)



Only problem is a VIA van will run you about $80K

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$80k is a lot, much more than I would have imagined it come in at however it does get better:

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The Drive Clean Chicago program will credit fleet buyers 50 percent of the price on an XTRUX truck or van. Then, add in an additional $7,500 tax rebate, and a VIA truck can be had for only $32,000, while an XTRUX van for only $35,000. This is a substantial step in hitting the ambitious goal set by Lutz and the company of 50,000 vehicle sales by 2018.


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$80k is a lot, much more than I would have imagined it come in at however it does get better:
They're developing a voucher rebate program which would credit buyers with 50% of the price, plus a $7,500 rebate. So you can actually end up buying one for more like $35K which is fairly on par with what a new gasser would of cost.
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They're developing a voucher rebate program which would credit buyers with 50% of the price, plus a $7,500 rebate. So you can actually end up buying one for more like $35K which is fairly on par with what a new gasser would of cost.
Yeah that's quite attainable at that point it's just a matter of folks seeing how practical owning one would be with where they live.



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Yeah that's quite attainable at that point it's just a matter of folks seeing how practical owning one would be with where they live.
its not so much about practicality for the commercial market which VIA targets. Its about if it makes sense from a cost benefit standpoint...
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40 mile range it has is a good amount too.



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