XL Hybrids Inc. introduced the first-of-its-kind hybrid-electric low-floor shuttle bus with ARBOC Specialty Vehicles.

The GM cutaway buses upfitted with XL3® Hybrid Electric Drive System are uniquely designed to meet ARBOC’s stringent specifications to optimize accessibility for paratransit and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In addition, the XL3 technology supports fleets’ sustainability efforts by lowering carbon dioxide emissions as much as 20%.

“This was truly an innovative collaboration with ARBOC,” said Clay Siegert, co-founder and chief operating officer of XL Hybrids. “We configured our fleet hybrid electrification solution for low-floor shuttle buses that are not only ADA-compliant, but also propel green initiatives for commercial and municipal fleets.”

The XL3 hybrid system adds less than 400 pounds to the vehicles and does not use any cabin space. This is critical for paratransit and ADA-compliant vehicles to accommodate wheelchairs, power scooters and other special equipment to support passengers’ mobility. XL3 hybrid electric system integrates seamlessly with OEM engines without impacting the normal routine of drivers. There is a quick adoption of XL Hybrids’ technology because it requires no driver training or fueling infrastructure.

“Accessibility for people in wheelchairs used to mean they had to be put on a lift and pushed inside buses,” said Don Roberts, president/CEO of ARBOC Specialty Vehicles. “Our low-floor buses are built on a conventional GM cutaway and include a ramp that is fully compliant with ADA criteria. Everyone uses the same door opening so that entering and exiting is safe, efficient and allows the same dignity for all passengers.”

The City of Winston-Salem, N.C., recently took delivery of five hybrid-electric low-floor shuttle buses for its paratransit system in support of the North Carolina Project Green environmental stewardship program.

The low-floor shuttle buses equipped with XL3 feature industry-leading fully integrated body on chassis construction with full E-Coat protection and a bolt-n-bonded structure. ARBOC offers a single, non-discriminatory patented angled and accessible entranceway. Riders of all abilities no longer need to contend with steps in the specially designed, accessible cutaway bus.

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