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Somerville Company Converts Existing Cars Into Hybrids

By Bill Shields, WBZ-TV

SOMERVILLE (CBS) – For a Somerville start-up company, rising fuel costs are just what the doctor ordered.

XL Hybrids is a new company that retrofits existing cars with electric motors and batteries, effectively turning them into hybrids.

“There are 250 million vehicles on the road right now, and our system will be easily integrated,” says company president Tod Hynes.

WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields reports.

XL Hybrids was founded by a group of MIT grads, who saw the need, and the opening. They’re outfitting Lincoln Town Cars with the system, which is basically a heavy-duty electric motor, connected to the drivetrain and a bunch of lithium batteries.

When the car accelerates, the electric motor kicks in, assisting the gasoline engine, giving it more miles per gallon (MPG).

“Limo drivers put a lot of miles on their cars, some as much as a 100,000 a year,” says Justin Ashton, “and with our system, they can see fuel savings of anywhere from 15% to 30%.”

Right now, XL Hybrids is only working on town cars, but down the road, they plan on gearing up to outfit fleet vans and eventually, the everyday car.

No pricing has been determined, but costs for the transformation are expected to be under $8,000.

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  1. MICHAEL C ROTONDO says:

    do you need investment captail do you hahe a biss plann. gas prices on martha vinevard have shot over 415 today your time has come what is the price of your unit in stall time ect do you want to go public…… MY MANE IS mICHAEL C rOTONDO I LIVE DOWN ON MARTHA VINEVARD WHERE WE WILL FEEL THE HIGHEST OF ALL GAS PRICES IN THE COURTRY WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP YOU AND YOU ME……..

    1. MICHAEL C ROTONDO says:

      YOUR CONCEPT IS GREAT, IS IT TIME FOR INVESTMENT CAPTAIL, DO YOU HAVE A BUSINESS PLAN.. HAVE YOU THOUGH ABOUT GOING PUBLIC..IS IT TIME TO HIT THE BIG TIIME I HAD A SHORT TALK WITH CLAY THIS MORNING

  2. Dennis Meyer says:

    This works with the towncars , Will it work with Grand Marqius and Crown Victorias too. To my knowledge the drivetrain is the same in all these vehicle unless the limosine is longer than the stock Towncar. There may be a market for police, town , and others if the system can be used with the Crown Victoria and Grand Marquis.

    1. Justin says:

      Dennis, it is designed for Town Cars, Crown Vics, and Grand Marquis (MY 2006-2011). Check out our website: http://www.xlhybrids.com

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