Electrification Company Reveals Plug-In Hybrid Ford F-250

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By Aaron Bragman

Boston-based XL Fleet Electrification is looking to improve heavy-duty truck mileage with its newest aftermarket hybrid system, which it unveiled in a plug-in hybrid Ford Super Duty F-250 at The Work Truck Show 2019 in Indianapolis.

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XL says the new PHEV F-250 will get 50 percent better fuel economy and drop tailpipe emissions by 33 percent thanks to the add-on systems the company installs . It builds off a pretty simple premise: A bed-mounted battery and driveshaft-mounted electric drive motor are controlled by a proprietary engine control unit, all of which operates as the truck is driven normally. It's meant to operate seamlessly, with the goal of greatly reducing the stress and demand on the vehicle's gasoline V-8 — it's not available on Power Stroke diesel versions of the Super Duty.

The F-250's plug-in hybrid system uses a 15-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack that can be charged via a household Level 1 (household 120-volt) or Level 2 (240-volt) outlet, or the industry-standard J1772 connector available at many public or private EV charging stations. Recharging the battery pack takes about five hours on a 240-volt system, according to Eric Foellmer, XL's director of marketing, who spoke with PickupTrucks.com at industry trade show. Plug it into a standard 120-volt outlet, and you're looking at about twice that, or around 10 hours to fully recharge. The company is researching the possibility of Level 3 fast-charging at higher voltages, but that's still on the drawing board, according to Foellmer, as is using the battery for "exportable power," enabling remote powering of other items like power tools or other external systems.

The entire XL hybrid PHEV system reportedly weighs 750 pounds, is easily added to the vehicle's factory components and does not affect the original Ford factory warranty; XL is a Ford qualified vehicle modifier. The battery is installed in a special bed box along with the electronic control components that tie into the truck's communications. The charging port is located in the rear bumper, opposite the trailer wiring sockets. The hybrid system operates by the XL ECU reading outputs from the truck's sensors such as wheel speed, engine rpm, etc., and calculating what its own electric systems need to do to alleviate the load on the engine. It's operational during acceleration and deceleration — giving a boost to the powertrain on acceleration and using the electric motor as a regenerative system to recapture battery energy when the driver applies the brakes. At speeds above 40-50 mph (depending on the truck's specifications), the XL systems do not provide powered assistance.

We drove the non-plug-in version of the F-250 last year, XL's standard hybrid with a much smaller battery pack and were able to confirm it gets its claimed fuel economy. We also tested XL's version of the plug-in hybrid F-150 and found it to be equally impressive, returning exceptional fuel economy numbers even when loaded to maximum payload. The cost for this one is a little steeper than the F-250 we drove; total cost for the PHEV system will run between $25,000 and $27,000, depending on the specs for the donor truck (4x2 or 4x4, wheelbase, bed and cab style, etc.). The final bill of materials and a few other items are still being worked out. Big interest is being shown by utilities and municipalities, according to Foellmer, with the push toward local sustainability and reduction of carbon output at the city and state level in lieu of larger national standards.

XL expects to have XLP F-250s in customer hands by the end of 2019.

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Comments

I'll take one for my Tacoma :)

Nice they chose the right truck.

Yup, I can Greenwich Village, Key West and San Francisco buying a few of these. Did I forget Seattle? Them too.

This is a very very mild hybrid.
Mild Hybrids give hybrids a bad name.
They keep the transmission and all the mechanicals and do not simplify the overall truck. They make it mmore complicated and unreliable.
Take the transmission out and put in a generator. Then Put in an electric drive.
Also, simplify the combustion engine, since it only needs to be a generator, and does not need to produce power over the whole rev range.
This also makes room for a smaller battery to be put under the truck in the frame.

There doesn't seem to be be much details but hopefully it's a move in the right direction. A 15kw battery isn't huge for that vehicle but I guess it gets expensive.

Mild Hybrids give hybrids a bad name...Posted by: Jason | Mar 7, 2019

don't lose any sleep over it Jason. They will sell a couple of hundred of these state/local government trucks. There is absolutely ZERO demand for this in the world of private enterprise until unleaded pump gasoline hits $4.00 in the midwest.

Which really aggravates our friends in Australia and New Zealand because their pump price for gas is already in the $5 range. Big gas tax over there.

This will only be sold to governments for image purposes or where there are huge tax credits.

A 50% increase in mileage means 1/3 less fuel cost. Therefore, you'd need to spend at least $75,000 in fuel to pay for it with fuel savings.

So they want the consumer to pay $25K to get 8ish more MPG while slashing the trucks cargo/payload capacity and emissions by 33%?

I know of a millennial freshman in congress who will think this is great and maybe if Ford did this GovMsRGreat would finally get to see Chevy full size trucks outsell Ford for the first time in almost half a century.

XL needs to go back to the drawing board (yea I know its all CAD now). This version of this idea needs a lot more work.

GovMsRGreat would finally get to see Chevy full size trucks outsell Ford for the first time in almost half a century.

Posted by: Clint | Mar 8, 2019 6:09:46 AM

Challenge:

Record a separate tally for each of the following trucks you encounter on your daily route:
- Silverado
- F-150
- Superduty

Check back with us with your results in a couple of weeks to reveal which vehicle is more prevalent.


" Record a separate tally for each of the following trucks you encounter on your daily route:
- Silverado
- F-150
- Superduty

Check back with us with your results in a couple of weeks to reveal which vehicle is more prevalent.
Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Mar 8, 2019 7:22:59 AM"


This poor guy thinks that Silverado, Silverado 2500HD and Silverado 3500HD are the same truck and that the F-150 by itself is what those three nameplates should be compared against. Can his fellow Gm guys please help him??

This poor guy thinks that Silverado, Silverado 2500HD and Silverado 3500HD are the same truck and that the F-150 by itself is what those three nameplates should be compared against. Can his fellow Gm guys please help him??


Posted by: FullSize_only | Mar 8, 2019 7:52:53 AM

Is a red reg cab short box F-150 the same as a a green crewcab long box f-150 with a max tow package? No, but they are still F-150.

Amazing, only $27k to get all of this? In 50 years, the system could even pay for itself! The only drawback that I see, is that if General Secretary AOC gets her way with the Central Committee, all internal combustion engines whether hybrid or not, will be outlawed...then I could never make the money back on my 'investment'.

@ Fullsize

I'll chime in on this. It's not the same truck. That's not what GMSRGREAT is stating.

He is stating that it says SILVERADO on ALL Chevy trucks no matter if it's a half ton or HD

Ford does not say F-Series on any of their trucks.

@ Texas 1836

Yes, $27k is a huge chunk of cash to be forking out on this. It would take A LOT of gas trips to the fuel pump to compensate for this amount of money up front.

BTW...I challenge Clint one day to not bash GM. I bet he can't do it.

And you Ford boys talk about us GM guys bashing all the time. The guy has issues with GM, all while supposedly having family own a GM dealership????


@gms

"Is a red reg cab short box F-150 the same as a a green crewcab long box f-150 with a max tow package? No, but they are still F-150.
Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Mar 8, 2019 8:03:58 AM"

This is just too easy.... Yes they are both F150 half-ton trucks in different cab configurations.

Do you think a Silverado 1500 reg cab short box is the same as a Silverado 1500 Crewcab long bed 4WD??

@tnt

I'm correcting gms in his dumb mentality that the F150 in all its configurations should by ITSELF be compared against the Silverado 1500 in all its configurations, against the Silverado 2500HD in all its configurations and against the Silverado 3500HD in all its configurations.

That's what he is doing by asking Clint to tally the Silverado as one (incuding HD's) while asking him to separate the F150 from the SuperDuty trucks.

@ Fullsize

I totally understand, but when those Chevy's drive by, whether it's a half ton or an HD. You have to agree that they all say SILVERADO on them! Correct

There is no Ford truck that says F-series on them when they drive by.

If this is to save gas, why not make the gas tank smaller and put the batteries there instead of taking up bed space. Just think if you buy a short bed crew cab and you only have 3 feet of bed space.

Jeep is coming out with factory PHEV in their Compass, not some after market stuff.

This is just too easy.... Yes they are both F150 half-ton trucks in different cab configurations.

Posted by: FullSize_only | Mar 8, 2019 8:47:25 AM

Now, does both trucks have the same capabilities. Not! Does a Silverado 1500 have the same capability as a Silverado 2500. Not! But they are both Silverados. Sorry mate, just stating the facts.


@gms

"This is just too easy.... Yes they are both F150 half-ton trucks in different cab configurations.
Posted by: FullSize_only | Mar 8, 2019 8:47:25 AM

Now, does both trucks have the same capabilities. Not! Does a Silverado 1500 have the same capability as a Silverado 2500. Not! But they are both Silverados. Sorry mate, just stating the facts. Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Mar 8, 2019 11:21:50 AM"


Now you are getting yourself even further confused within the Silverado series.... I will try to explain it to you.

Does a Silverado 1500 RCSB v6 have the same capability as a Silverado 1500 CCLB 6.2L? Aren't they both Silverado 1500?

Silverado is just the model series name of both light duty and heavy duty chevy trucks. Same way as the F- is the model series name of light duty and heavy duty Ford trucks.

If Chevy saw all Silverados as one then why do they add 2500hd or 3500hd to the name?

When on the Chevy website, why cant you build and price a 2500hd in the Silverado 1500 build and price tool?? Because they are NOT THE SAME silverado!!



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