XL Hybrids has raised $3 million in a pre-Series C debt financing round from WindSail Capital Group. XL Hybrids is a developer of a low-cost hybrid electric powertrain designed specifically for class 1 to 4 commercial fleet vehicles.
XL Hybrids, Inc., developer of a low-cost hybrid electric powertrain designed specifically for class 1 to 4 commercial fleet vehicles, today announced that it has raised $3 million in a pre-Series C debt financing round from WindSail Capital Group. The company will use these funds to cover working capital and other operating expenses as it accelerates sales and deliveries of its hybrid powertrain technology to Fortune 500 customers.
“Raising debt from WindSail enables XL Hybrids to increase production and sales of hybrid systems to thousands of units next year”
By raising corporate debt funding in a competitive round, XL Hybrids has demonstrated the confidence professional investors place in the business and in its continued sales acceleration to marquee customers, such as FedEx Express. Corporations continue to look for cost-effective solutions to reduce fuel bills and vehicle emissions, and XL Hybrids’ powertrain technology is unique in the commercial fleet segment in not requiring any new infrastructure or relying on government subsidies to generate a compelling return on investment. XL Hybrids also anticipates raising a Series C equity round of financing in 2014.
“We see XL Hybrids as the emerging market leader in the race to make commercial vans and other medium duty vehicles more energy efficient – both saving money and cutting greenhouse gas emissions,” said WindSail Capital Group Managing Director Michael Rand. “XL Hybrids is a great fit for WindSail. The company has strong leadership, a sound execution plan and a tremendous value proposition.”
“Raising debt from WindSail enables XL Hybrids to increase production and sales of hybrid systems to thousands of units next year,” said Tod Hynes, president of XL Hybrids. “This financing also helps us invest more in our product line and sales team, and continue to scale our business.”
XL Hybrids previously closed $6 million in equity financing in a Series B round in early 2013. The company used that funding to develop the third-generation XL3 inline hybrid electric powertrain technology, to grow sales and to establish production capacity of more than 1,000 units per year. The company also announced that it recently began exporting to Canadian customers.
For more information on XL Hybrids technology and availability, visit www.xlhybrids.com or email info [at] xlhybrids.com.
About XL Hybrids
XL Hybrids designs, manufactures and installs hybrid electric powertrains for commercial vans and trucks. The company’s patent-pending hybrid electric powertrain can be installed on existing vehicles or as an upfit on new ones. By storing energy wasted in braking and reapplying it during acceleration, XL Hybrids technology decreases fuel use and carbon dioxide emissions by up to 21.2 percent on urban routes, while operating with the same durability and reliability as traditional vans and trucks. XL Hybrids was founded by MIT alumni and is based in Boston. For more information, visit www.xlhybrids.com. Follow us on Twitter @XLHybrids.
About WindSail Capital Group
WindSail Capital Group is a private investment firm that provides rapidly growing clean energy businesses with creative lending solutions that help facilitate growth while minimizing dilution for existing shareholders. WindSail was co-founded by former Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Ian Bowles and private equity investor Michael Rand. WindSail’s investments typically range from $2 to $6 million. For more information, visit www.windsailcapital.com.
Rachel Sullivan, 617-236-0500
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