Ford's newly expanded Advanced Fuel Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) program encompasses the development and installation of various hybrid powertrains, according to a recent release. The powertrains will benefit Ford trucks and vans, in particular. The program was revealed at The Work Truck Show recently to the approval of fleet and commercial customers, whose electrified and hydraulic hybrid work trucks often necessitate certain conditions.
As a leader in electrification, the Blue Oval also recently announced its $4.5 billion investment in 13 electrified vehicles within the next five years - including a high-volume autonomous vehicle, a Transit Custom plug-in hybrid, a hybrid F-150 and more.
“Ford supports electrification for a variety of vehicle types,” Richard Cupka Jr., Ford's sustainability and QVM program manager, said in the same release. “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.”
With the new eQVM program, three developers are taking the spotlight: XL Hybrids, Motiv Power Systems and Lightning Hybrids. All three companies provide electrification or hydraulic solutions for a variety of Ford vehicles that appeal to commercial and fleet customers, such as the F-150, Transit and E-Series vans and chassis, and F-53/F-59 stripped chassis.
Stay tuned to learn more about the eQVM program, and stop by Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today.