MEDFORD, Ore. — Six brand-new electric vans are joining the Rogue Valley Transportation District (RVTD) fleet, according to a statement released on Monday.
The new vehicles are hybrid-electric (HEV) passenger vans from transit electrification company XL. Those vans will become part of RVTD's paratransit service.
“Our agency pioneered compressed natural gas (CNG) and other renewable initiatives as early as two decades ago, and we continue to take advantage of new technologies that can reduce our carbon footprint and reliably serve our riders,” said Tim D’Alessandro, operations manager of RVTD. “Adopting fleet electrification technology with XL was relatively inexpensive with a significant return on investment, and this long-standing approach keeps us ahead as new legislation and initiatives emphasize less reliance on traditional fossil fuels.”
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According to the company, XL takes otherwise 'ordinary' transit vehicles—in this case, the Ford Transit van—and modifies them with hybrid technology to create a vehicle with a much higher fuel economy, but without the additional necessary infrastructure of charging stations.
“Rogue Valley and similar transit agencies are leading the way to create greener fleets today through new vehicle technology such as XL’s, which can be ordered through their bus dealers,” said Clay Siegert, co-founder and chief operating officer of XL. “The XLH system, which has over 65 million miles of proven performance with hundreds of fleets, is a perfect fit for Rogue Valley, reducing maintenance and emissions while leaving the Ford vehicle warranty intact.”
As part of RVTD's paratransit fleet, the new vans are each equipped to accomodate riders in wheelchairs, or those with other disablities.