XL Fleet Opens a Fleet Electrification Technology Center in Michigan
Nearly 25,000 square-foot facility in Metro Detroit provides access to leading automotive & commercial vehicle engineering talent
Company expects to increase its engineering headcount by 50% in 2021 as it continues rapid expansion
Michigan technology center is XL Fleet’s fourth location, expanding strategic nationwide coverage for customers, partners and employees
BOSTON, March 17, 2021 – XL Fleet Corp. (NYSE: XL) (“XL Fleet” or the “Company”), a leader in fleet electrification solutions, has opened its newest location in Wixom, MI, as the Company continues its rapid expansion to meet customer demand for a range of electrification solutions. The 24,655 square-foot facility is located in the heart of the United States’ top-ranked region for automotive engineering talent and will serve as a fleet electrification technology center to support the design, development, testing and production of a wide range of commercial vehicle electrification solutions.
The state-of-the-art facility will supplement XL Fleet’s extensive product research and development programs, with technology capabilities for prototyping, controls development, and electrical and systems engineering. The facility will include a component test lab including vibration capability, a vehicle chassis dynamometer, an electronics lab and battery testing equipment.
The Company expects to significantly expand its electrified powertrain systems portfolio over the next several years, with solutions including hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery electric and fuel cell electric systems, as well as electrification systems for a range of new medium- and heavy-duty commercial applications.
XL Fleet anticipates growing its engineering team by approximately 50% in 2021, many of which will be based in the new Wixom facility. The Company expects to add at least 50 new Michigan-based team members within the next three years, as the location will provide access to a wealth of automotive and commercial vehicle engineering talent within the region.
“XL Fleet’s expansion into Michigan marks a great milestone for the Company, and an important element of our strategy to continue adding breadth and depth to our best-in-class engineering organization to develop the next generation of electrification solutions needed to scale the business,” said Dimitri Kazarinoff, CEO of XL Fleet. “We are very excited to expand the Company’s footprint into this highly strategic location, where we will be well positioned to add capacity to the exceptional talent we already have in house,” he said.
About XL Fleet Corp.
XL Fleet is a leading provider of vehicle electrification solutions for commercial and municipal fleets in North America, with more than 145 million miles driven by customers such as The Coca-Cola Company, Verizon, Yale University and the City of Boston. XL Fleet’s hybrid and plug-in hybrid electric drive systems can increase fuel economy up to 25-50 percent and reduce carbon dioxide emissions up to 20-33 percent, decreasing operating costs and meeting sustainability goals while enhancing fleet operations. XL Fleet’s plug-in hybrid electric drive system was named one of TIME magazine's best inventions of 2019. For additional information, please visit www.xlfleet.com.
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