XL Fleet Corp., a Boston-based fleet electrification solutions provider, has opened a 24,655-square-foot location in Wixom that 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.
According to XL Fleet, it anticipates growing its engineering team by approximately 50 percent in 2021, many of which will be based in the new Wixom facility. The company expects to add at least 50 new Michigan-based employees within the next three years.
The new facility will supplement XL Fleet’s 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 that has vibration capability, a vehicle chassis dynamometer, an electronics lab, and battery testing equipment.
“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,” says 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.”
The company says it 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 provides 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 Co., Verizon, Yale University, and the city of Boston.
The company says its hybrid and plug-in hybrid electric drive systems can increase fuel economy to between 25-50 percent and reduce carbon dioxide emissions to between 20-33 percent, decreasing operating costs and meeting sustainability goals while enhancing fleet operations.
For more information, visit www.xlfleet.com.