Massachusetts Funds Hybrid Conversion Collaboration Through Clean Cities Initiative

XL Hybrids, Inc., a developer of hybrid electric powertrain technology for commercial and municipal fleets, recently announced the conversion of gas-powered passenger vans into hybrid electric vehicles for Square One, a nonprofit multi-service agency for families and children. The project was funded by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources as part of the Massachusetts Clean Cities initiative.

The XL3 Hybrid Electric System, installed on the Square One passenger vans, reduces fuel consumption by 20 percent and is expected to save approximately $17,000 in transportation costs.

The project was funded by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources as part of the Massachusetts Clean Cities initiative.

“Through this groundbreaking collaboration with Mass. Clean Cities, Square One will be able to use the same XL Hybrids technology that has already benefited leading commercial and municipal fleets to save money on transportation costs,” said Tod Hynes, president and founder of XL Hybrids. “The converted hybrid electric vans will allow Square One to immediately save on fuel, reduce vehicle maintenance, and support its green initiatives. We’re excited that the Mass. Department of Energy Resources came to us so that we can provide sustainable transportation for Square One's mission to meet the vital needs of the most vulnerable families and children in the community.”

“More than 1,100 young children take part in Square One’s early education and nutrition programs. In many cases, the vans are the only means of transportation to the critical services the agency provides,” said Kimberley A. Lee, vice president of advancement at Square One.

Square One hosted a celebration on October 27 at its office in Springfield. In attendance were Maeve Vallely Bartlett, Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Secretary Bartlett, along with Joan Kagan, president and CEO of Square One offered remarks about the partnership that facilitated fuel savings and sustainability efforts.

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Date Posted: 11/12/2014