XL Fleet launches hybrid truck conversion kit

US commercial vehicle electrification specialist XL Fleet Corp has launched a conversion package to turn Isuzu NPR-HD trucks into plug-in hybrid machines, thereby reducing their emissions on the roads.

The XL Fleet hybrid conversion package enables truck owners to convert one of Isuzu’s newer and most popular medium duty low cab forward vehicles that is used for last mile delivery, beverage distribution, utility work and food service.

It has a high efficiency lithium-ion battery, electric motor, inverter and control software, and transforms the vehicle into a hybrid-electric unit with no operational disruption to the fleet. It is the second such package designed for Isuzu trucks, the first being for the Isuzu Reach diesel walk-through van.

“XL Fleet is thrilled to be launching our hybrid platform on the NPR-HD and expanding our electrification portfolio with the latest high-performance fleet truck from Isuzu,” said Dimitri Kazarinoff, Chief Executive Officer at XL Fleet. “We continue to expand our industry leading breadth of electrification offerings enabling our customers to address sustainability objectives today, not just someday in the future.”

“We are excited that XL Fleet has chosen our world-class NPR-HD to deploy their hybrid electric drive system on,” said Shaun Skinner, President of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America. “The superior maneuverability and all the other advantages of the NPR-HD will bring many benefits to our fleet customers in the years to come.”

The hybrid electrification conversion kit is available for North American customers.