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June 18, 2018

Rogue Valley Transportation District Reports Gains of Over 25% in MPG with XL Electrified Passenger Fleet

Hybrid electric passenger vans provide public, paratransit transportation in Oregon 

BOSTON, June 18, 2018 – Rogue Valley Transportation District (RVTD), the public transportation provider in Oregon’s Rogue Valley, and XL, the leader in connected vehicle electrification solutions for commercial and municipal fleets, today announced a successful deployment of six hybrid-electric (HEV) passenger vans in RVTD’s paratransit fleet. Using regenerative braking and electric assist during driving, the XLH electrification technology increases fuel economy without requiring additional charging stations or investment. The Ford Transit passenger vans are already seeing a more than 25 percent increase in miles per gallon over RVTD’s conventional Transit vans. In addition, RVTD expects to decrease CO2 emissions by 20 percent.

Public transportation and municipal fleets require superior reliability in their vehicles, and log significant mileage every year. Local agencies are also growing mandates for carbon emissions reduction and reduced reliance on fossil fuels. RVTD, which provides transportation to residents in seven communities along a fixed-route system and paratransit service in a 300-mile area, selected XL’s fleet electrification technology to help green these commercial vehicles and reduce its carbon footprint. The entire fleet is accessible to people with disabilities, and, as part of the agency’s paratransit services, the XL-equipped vehicles can accommodate riders in wheelchairs for rides on a scheduled and as-needed basis. 

“Our agency pioneered compressed natural gas and other renewable initiatives as early as two decades ago, and we continue to take advantage of new technologies that can reduce our carbon footprint and reliably serve our riders,” said Tim D’Alessandro, operations manager of Rogue Valley Transportation District. “Adopting fleet electrification technology with XL was relatively inexpensive with a significant return on investment, and this long-standing approach keeps us ahead as new legislation and initiatives emphasize less reliance on traditional fossil fuels.”

In addition to the RVTD deployment, XL provides HEV and plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) vehicle systems, which are standard wall outlet-ready, to municipal fleets across the U.S., which rely on XL’s technology to electrify vehicles without the extra cost of building additional charging infrastructure. RVTD anticipates the XL HEV vans will also see improved brake life in addition to the MPG gains the technology has already provided.

“Rogue Valley and similar transit agencies are leading the way to create greener fleets today through new vehicle technology such as XL’s, which can be ordered through their bus dealers,” said Clay Siegert, co-founder and chief operating officer of XL. “The XLH system, which has over 65 million miles of proven performance with hundreds of fleets, is a perfect fit for Rogue Valley, reducing maintenance and emissions while leaving the Ford vehicle warranty intact.”

For more information about XL fleet electrification technology, fleet managers can also contact


About Rogue Valley Transportation District

Rogue Valley Transportation District (RVTD) is the public transportation provider in the Rogue Valley. Its routes serve the Oregon communities of Medford, Ashland, Central Point, Talent, Phoenix, White City, and Jacksonville. RVTD's mission is to provide quality public transportation, viewed by residents and visitors as a realistic and viable alternative to the personal automobile, and to thereby improve the quality of life in the Rogue Valley. For more information, visit

About XL

XL is the leader in vehicle electrification solutions for commercial and municipal fleets in North America, relied on by customers such as The Coca-Cola Company, Verizon, Yale University, the City of Boston and the City of Seattle. With its fleet-ready®XLH®hybrid electric drive system and the XLPplug-in hybrid electric drive system, Class 2 to 6 commercial and municipal customers can increase fuel economy by between 25-50 percent and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by between 20-33 percent, decreasing operating costs and meeting sustainability goals with zero impact on fleet operations. XL works with Ford, General Motors and Isuzu to electrify thousands of commercial trucks, vans and shuttles, with over 65 million miles driven on XL systems. Founded by MIT alumni and funded by Constellation Technology Ventures, IKEA Group and private investors, XL is based in Boston. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter @xlfleet.