Ford F-250 Goes Green in California with Hybrid Technology
Boston-based upfitter XL’s hybrid system for the F-250 receives CARB certification to begin sales in California.
The F-250 is the perfect platform for hauling the goods while looking good doing it. You can keep it basic with vinyl floors and seats, or go all the way to the Limited trim with lots of chrome, camelback leather, and a twin-panel moonroof. And with either a 6.2-liter flex-fuel V8 or 6.7-liter PowerStroke turbo-diesel V8, you’ll be able to do your part to keep the environment happy.
If that’s not enough, though, you can soon pick-up a hybrid F-250 to do the dirty work, especially if you’re in California. Green Car Reports says Boston-based green-tech upfitter XL (formerly XL Hybrids) has received approval from the California Air Resource Board (CARB) to sell its F-250 XLH Hybrid in the Golden State.
Having already worked its magic on other Fords like the F-150, F-350, and Transit, XL fitted the F-250 with its XLH hybrid technology system. Through regenerative braking recharging the 1.8 kWh lithium-ion battery plus an electric motor connected to the driveshaft at both ends, XL claims a 25 percent increase in fuel economy and a reduction in greenhouse gases. In exchange, the F-250 gains an additional 250 lb-ft of torque from the system. On top of the 430 lb-ft of torque from the 6.2-liter, the F-250 XLH Hybrid will definitely be able to pull heavier loads than the stock F-250.
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