More Towns Using Hybrid Ford Trucks for Municipal Transportation
Adding hybrid F-150 and F-250 trucks help towns reduce costs and increase fuel economy.
We are still waiting for Ford’s all electric F-150, which is currently in production. However, there are companies turning F-series trucks into reliable and efficient electric vehicles. One such company is XL, which adds connected vehicle electrification to trucks for commercial use. And the company just received a big boost in sales by selling its hybrid F-150s and F-250 to three towns on the West Coast.
The towns adding the hybrid trucks to their fleet are Tacoma and Clark, Washington, and Palo Alto, California. They are adding hybrid electric trucks and vans, including XL hybrid-equipped Ford Transits and Ford F-150 and F-250 trucks.
There are a number of benefits to using hybrid trucks. In addition to an increase in MPG, it will reduce costs overall, cut down on emissions, and still retain the Ford truck capability.
“Our utility and city environmental plan calls for upgrading public and utility fleets with electrified vehicles and reducing fossil fuel usage, which aligns with our commitment to a green environment.” Don Ashmore, Tacoma Public Utility fleet manager told NGT News. “Since XL provides plug-in hybrids in a pickup truck format, the 33 percent reduction in fuel and improved brake life makes for great ROI all in one package to help meet our environmental plan goals.”
The hybrid trucks have lost none of their badass Ford truck appeal and performance.
Paul Chamberlain, fleet services manager of Clark Public Utilities said of the hybrids, “They are large enough to carry crews, have the four-wheel drive capability needed in rough terrain, and offer substantial efficiencies such as fuel-savings and lower maintenance costs.”