Ford to Offer Electrified, Hybrid Commercial Vehicles Through eQVM Program
Ford announced the expansion of its Advanced Fuel Qualified Vehicle Modifier (eQVM) this month at The Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. The updates to the program will focus on providing commercial clients access to electrified and hydraulic hybrid work trucks and vans.
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Developers XL Hybrids, Motiv Power Systems, and Lightning Hybrids will be the first three developers to offer versions of the F-150, F-Series Super Duty, F-650, F-750, Transit, E-Series, F-53, and F-59 that utilize electrified or hydraulic hybrid powertrains.
XL Hybrids will offer a plug-in hybrid up fit for the F-150 and hybrid electric drive systems for the Transit, E-350 chassis, E-450 chassis, F-250 Super Duty, F-350 Super Duty, F-450 Super Duty, F-550 Super Duty, F-650, F-750, and F-53/F-59 stripped chassis. Lightning Hybrids will offer non-electric hydraulic hybrid energy recovery systems for the F-350 and F-450 chassis, F-350 to F-550 Super Duty, F-650, F-750, and F-59 stripped chassis. Motiv Power Systems will offer all-electric versions of both the E-450 and F-59 chassis.
“Ford supports electrification for a variety of vehicle types,” said Richard Cupka Jr., Ford sustainability and QVM program manager. “The eQVM program extends that support to the vocational truck industry where customers need relatively small numbers of specialized vehicles—there is no one-size-fits-all work truck.”
The eQVM program serves as a follow-up to the Advanced Fuel QVM program, originally launched in 2010, that focused on providing customers with the option to purchase commercial vehicles upfitted to run on CNG or propane. Overall, the Ford QVM program consists of more than 200 companies focused on upfitting Ford vehicles for uses ranging from motorhomes to school busses.
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