XL Fleet to show all-electric collection vehicle prototype at WasteExpo 2022
XL Fleet Corp. will unveil the company's first all-electric pre-series unit on the Curbtender Quantum collection truck at WasteExpo 2022. The vehicle was developed in collaboration with Curbtender, Inc., utilizing a Ford F-600 chassis. The EV solution is the first of three pre-series vehicles, and the companies plan to build and deliver multiple commercial units in 2022.
The platform was designed to satisfy the operating conditions of collection vehicles, resulting in a fleet-ready EV solution that delivers improved weight distribution, packaging, battery safety, and performance. XL Fleet has experienced strong customer demand for this solution across a wide range of conditions and will continue to test and refine its current design with sales expected later in 2022.
The all-electric vehicle features a proprietary swing panel packing mechanism, which allows the packer to clear more trash in a shorter amount of time and with a smaller hopper requirement. The result is a faster, lighter rear loader. The zero-emission propulsion system will also become available on the Curbtender TomCat model vehicle.
"The need for sustainable vehicle solutions in the waste management market has grown steadily, and XL Fleet and Curbtender are well-positioned to serve that demand," said Eric Tech, CEO of XL Fleet. "Curbtender has been a terrific partner in jointly developing this vehicle and helping us expand our footprint and solutions scope where we see growth opportunities. The development of this all-electric vehicle is a significant step for XL Fleet, as we expand vehicle electrification and help our customers achieve their decarbonization goals."
"The commercial waste management industry is in need of sustainable, cost-effective, and, energy-efficient vehicles," said Kevin Watje, CEO of Curbtender. "The all-electric platforms we're developing with XL Fleet are leading us into our decarbonized future, without compromising durability or performance. As we get ready to deliver our first vehicles, we look forward to strengthening our partnership with XL Fleet and better-serving customers throughout North America."