XL delivered 154 hybrid electric GMC Savana cargo vans for California Vanpool Authority (CalVans) to improve the fuel efficiency and sustainability of its agriculture transportation fleet.
The new vans were implemented to offer clean and affordable transportation to seasonal agricultural workers, who often travel up to 85 miles each way to their job sites, according to the company.
Since 2001, CalVans has been working to reduce its total number of vehicle miles traveled annually, while also reducing greenhouse emissions. Over the last two years, CalVans has eliminated more than 218 million miles traveled and reduced greenhouse gas by approximately 120 metric tons through their CalVans vanpools, XL said in a release.
The company’s efforts will be elevated by incorporating hybrid electric vehicles into their Agricultural Industries Transportation Services (AITS) program, which provides qualified agricultural workers with safe, affordable transportation. The project, funded by the California Air Resources Board, is increasing access to zero-emission and near zero-emission transportation and mobility options for low-income residents.
CalVans said it expects to realize a 25% increase in miles per gallon from its XL hybrid electric vans, compared to its standard gasoline-powered fleet vehicles.