About Us

The Fleet Electrification Leader

When XL Fleet was founded (as XL Hybrids) back in 2009, the green transportation market looked very different than it does today.  The average price of gas in the US was $1.84/gallon (diesel was $2.27) and electrification for fleet vehicles was in its infancy.  In fact, very few of the companies selling hybrids, plug-in hybrids, or all-electric fleet vehicles in 2009 are still around today.

XL Electrifying Fleets - 10 Years - 100 Million Miles

Founded by MIT alumni and green energy veterans, the company was on a mission to provide simple, sustainable electrification solutions to the commercial fleet market – a previously untapped space with a large number of vehicles with low mileage and high emissions.

Over one decade and one hundred million customer miles later, that mission continues. XL Fleet has become the undisputed leader in fleet electrification solutions for Class 2-6 commercial and municipal vehicles. With thousands of XL-equipped vehicles on the road, we have helped save our customers well over 2 million gallons of fuel and eliminated over 20,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions from the atmosphere.

Best of all, we’re just getting started. We hope you’ll be part of our next decade of success, as we continue our mission to help our fleet customers save money, improve driver productivity and make a positive impact on our environment and the world around us.

XL at a Glance: Driving Fleet Sustainability
  • Industry leader in electrification for Class 2-6 commercial fleet vehicles

  • Strong partnerships with major OEMs (Ford, GM, Chevrolet, Isuzu)

  • Substantial savings in fuel costs and greenhouse gas emissions

  • The most CARB Executive Orders (18) of any electrification provider

  • Proven products with measurable benefits

    • XLH hybrid electric drive system:  Up to 25% MPG improvement, 20% CO2 emissions reduction*

    • XLP plug-in hybrid electric drive system: Up to 50% MPG improvement, 33% CO2 emissions reduction*

    • XL Link on-board telematics program: Connected vehicle and emissions diagnostic data

* MPG and emissions reduction percentages may vary

 

Our Team

Proven leaders with deep domain experience in energy, automotive and sustainability.

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Dimitri Kazarinoff

CEO

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Dimitri Kazarinoff
CEO
Dimitri is an accomplished transportation industry executive who has led impressive growth, expansion and innovation throughout his career. Prior to joining XL as CEO, Dimitri successfully scaled the hybrid power systems division of Eaton Corporation by 15x within two years, and delivered record profits for the North American P&L of AVL Powertrain Engineering. He previously worked at General Motors and McKinsey & Company, has a mechanical engineering degree from MIT, and an MBA from Northwestern University. Dimitri brings a strong customer focus, broad and deep functional capability, global supply and sales experience, and proven organizational leadership to drive an era of sustainable growth for XL.
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Tod Hynes

Founder & Chief Strategy Officer

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Tod Hynes
Founder & Chief Strategy Officer
Tod founded XL Hybrids in 2009 and leads the company’s corporate strategy initiatives. Tod is also a Senior Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he has taught graduate course, Energy Ventures, since 2008. Previously, Tod was director of alternative energy at Citizens Energy where he launched the company’s wind development business. Prior to Citizens Energy, Tod founded a consulting and engineering company in distributed power generation. Tod also co-founded the MIT Clean Energy Prize and co-chaired the Energy Committee of the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Conventions (CERC), the organization that greened the 2004 U.S. presidential Democratic National Convention and Republican National Convention. He has a Bachelor of Science in management science from MIT.
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Brian Piern

VP of Sales and Marketing

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Brian Piern
VP of Sales and Marketing
Brian is an experienced leader with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services, logistics, and fleet industries. He has over 20 years of leadership experience in marketing, product management and sales, with a track record of building winning teams. Brian has spent the past 12 years in the fleet industry, most recently with Element Fleet Management where he served as Senior Vice President of Sales. Previously, Brian served as SVP of Sales at GE Capital and Director of New Business Development at Schneider National. Brian has a BS in Marketing from Towson University and an MBA with a concentration in Marketing from the University of Phoenix.
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Hari Nayar

VP of Engineering

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Hari Nayar
VP of Engineering
Hari is VP of Engineering at XL Hybrids, responsible for leading product development efforts across engineering and cloud data teams. Hari has over 15 years of product development experience in rechargeable battery and power management systems across defense, automotive, utility and medical industries. Prior to joining XL, Hari was the Director of Systems Engineering at AMBRI and led the design and development of Ambri’s energy storage system. Hari holds a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Electronics & Communications Engineering from the University of Kerala, India and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Texas Tech University.
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Rob Kisiel

VP of Supply Chain and Production

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Rob Kisiel
VP of Supply Chain and Production
As Vice President of Supply Chain and Production, Rob is responsible for optimizing XL’s supplier partner and installation ecosystem and scaling it for growth. Rob has two decades of diverse supply chain experience across a wide range of industries, for global manufacturers including Hewlett Packard, Philips Electronics, Millipore, and E Ink. Prior to joining XL, Rob served as Chief Operating Officer and AVP Global Supply Chain at YFY Group’s North America packaging and electronics businesses. As the architect and leader of complex insourcing and outsourcing initiatives, he has directly enabled significant business expansion, cost reduction, and risk management across the US, Mexico, and Asia. Rob holds a BBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an MBA from Bentley University. He earned a Six Sigma Black Belt certificate from the Air Academy Associates.

Board of Directors

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Deb Frodl

Board Chair

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Deb Frodl
Board Chair
Deb Frodl serves as XL Fleet Chair and a member of the Board of Directors. She also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Renewable Energy Group, Inc. Prior, Deb served as the Global Executive Director for Ecomagination at General Electric (GE), where she transformed GE's global clean technology innovation strategy. She served as Chief Strategy Officer & Global Alternative Fuels Leader for GE, leading the company to decarbonize customers and its commercial fleet through deployment of alternative fuel vehicles. Earlier in her career, Deb gained over twenty years of senior executive experience at GE Capital, serving in roles including Senior Vice President and CEO and President. She serves on the Advisory Boards for the Clean Energy, Education & Empowerment for Women Initiative, a collaboration between U.S. Department of Energy, MIT and Stanford, National Renewable Energy Lab, Joint Institute of Strategic Energy Analysis and the University of MN, Institute on the Environment. She is a certified Governance Fellow for the National Association of Corporate Directors and member of Women Corporate Directors. Deb completed an executive program, Making Corporate Boards Most Effective, at Harvard Business School and Directors Consortium, at Stanford Business School. She holds an M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas and B.S.B.A. from Minnesota State University.
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Dimitri Kazarinoff

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Dimitri Kazarinoff
imitri is an accomplished transportation industry executive who has led impressive growth, expansion and innovation throughout his career. Prior to joining XL as CEO, Dimitri successfully scaled the hybrid power systems division of Eaton Corporation by 15x within two years, and delivered record profits for the North American P&L of AVL Powertrain Engineering. He previously worked at General Motors and McKinsey & Company, has a mechanical engineering degree from MIT, and an MBA from Northwestern University. Dimitri brings a strong customer focus, broad and deep functional capability, global supply and sales experience, and proven organizational leadership to drive an era of sustainable growth for XL.
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Tod Hynes

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Tod Hynes
Tod founded XL Hybrids in 2009 and leads the company’s corporate strategy and operations. Tod is also a Senior Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he has taught graduate course, Energy Ventures, since 2008. Previously, Tod was director of alternative energy at Citizens Energy where he launched the company’s wind development business. Prior to Citizens Energy, Tod founded a consulting and engineering company in distributed power generation. Tod also co-founded the MIT Clean Energy Prize and co-chaired the Energy Committee of the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Conventions (CERC), the organization that greened the 2004 U.S. presidential Democratic National Convention and Republican National Convention. He has a Bachelor of Science in management science from MIT.
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Bill Aulet

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Bill Aulet
Bill Aulet is the managing director for the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship at MIT, and Professor of the Practice at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to joining MIT, Bill had a 25-year record of success in business with IBM, Viisage, Cambridge Decision Dynamics and SensAble Technologies, which became a two-time Inc. Magazine 500 Fastest-Growing Private Company. He has directly raised more than $100 million in funding for his companies, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars in market value for those companies. He is a regularly featured speaker at management leadership programs speaking on topics such as entrepreneurship, financial strategies, and operational excellence. A former professional basketball player, Bill also earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Harvard University and an SM from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
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Richard Canny

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Richard Canny
Richard Canny has been a Director of XL Hybrids since 2011. He is also co-owner of Ultimation Industries, LLC, a Michigan based automation company. Prior to working with XL Hybrids, Richard had a 25-year career at Ford Motor Company, holding roles such as Director of Corporate Strategy, President and CEO of Ford South America, and President of Ford Argentina. After leaving Ford in 2008, he became CEO of THINK, a Norwegian electric vehicle company. Richard holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.
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Scott Dupcak

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Scott Dupcak
Scott leads Constellation Technology Ventures, the venture capital investing arm of Exelon Corp, overseeing the CTV investing strategy the management of the CTV portfolio and the commercialization of new energy technologies within Exelon. Prior to working with CTV, Scott was part of the Strategic Systems and Business Operations group where he led a team responsible for market data management, IT governance, and integration projects. He worked within the Constellation wholesale commercial organization prior to that, holding several different jobs. Scott holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Fairfield University and an MBA from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.
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Chris Hayes

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Chris Hayes
Chris is a visionary leader who has continually pioneered new markets while delivering exceptional financial results. Most recently Chris has been deeply involved in the clean energy and sustainability sector.

Currently, Chris is founder and managing partner of Alturus. Alturus invests in sustainable infrastructure projects. Chris was founder and managing partner at Altenex. They created and brought to market the “virtual power purchase agreement” which made it possible for Fortune 500 companies to purchase offsite wind power. This contract structure remains the industry standard today and resulted in over $5bn in transactions through Altenex.

Chris received his BSBA in Finance from the University of Denver. He enjoys spending time outdoors on the ocean and in the mountains with his family.

Board of Advisors

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Dennis Beal

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Dennis Beal
Mr. Dennis Beal served as Vice President of global vehicles at FedEx Express. Mr. Beal retired in 2014 after 17 years with FedEx Express and FedEx Freight, where he was responsible for all vehicles on and off road including alternative fuel vehicles and the FedEx Express research and development division. He spearheaded the FedEx Express programs to maximize energy efficiency and minimize carbon footprint through initiatives such as vehicle aerodynamics and vehicle light-weighting. He worked with all facets of vehicle technologies, including hybrid electric, all-electric, natural gas, hydrogen and biofuels, along with modified internal combustion technologies. He has 46 years of experience in the transportation industry. He has been a Member of Advisory Board at XL Hybrids Inc. since March 30, 2015.
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G. Richard Wagoner, Jr.

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G. Richard Wagoner, Jr.
Rick is an advisor to XL Hybrids, along with being a very active board member and advisor to many businesses and educational institutions. Rick had a 32-year career with General Motors before working with XL Hybrids, starting on the company’s financial staff in New York and ending as President and Chief Executive Officer of GM. He was instrumental in the establishment and building of GM’s largest global business, GM China, and in the creation and growth of GM’s OnStar business. After retiring from GM in 2009, he has been actively involved with a number of auto/technology startup businesses, as well as serving as board member and advisor to many businesses and institutions. Rick also works with not-for-profit activities like the Duke Kushan University Advisory Board. Rick earned his BA, summa cum laude, from Duke University and his MBA from the Harvard Business School.
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Teasha Feldman-Fitzthum

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Teasha Feldman-Fitzthum
Teasha is the Director of Engineering at Ultra Capital, a sustainable infrastructure investment firm. She leads a team that builds tools for financial risk analysis, commodity market prediction, and workflow optimization. Teasha was the co-founder and CTO of EverVest, a software platform for financial modeling and risk analysis of renewable energy projects that was acquired by Ultra Capital in 2016. As CTO, she was responsible for product management and technical development of the probabilistic risk analysis system. Prior to founding EverVest, Teasha was a researcher at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory where she helped develop machine learning algorithms to predict weather patterns. She earned a BS in Physics from MIT and was a Jack W. Goss fellow for Entrepreneurship. Teasha was named a 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 in the Energy category.
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Ed Tekeian

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Ed Tekeian
Ed Tekeian serves as a Member of Technical Advisory Board at XL Hybrids Inc. Previously, Ed has been leading technical teams in startups for over 20 years, including interests in computer vison, 3D printing and medical devices. He was Chief Technology Officer at Kuvee, and led development of engineering viruses used as speed pathogen sensors at Sample6. He also worked on the development of 3D scanning and patient positioning systems for dentistry and cancer therapy as Vice President of Engineering at Brontes Technologies and Zmed. He is currently Director of Software at Formlabs, while also serving as a board member for XL Hybrids. He holds a BS from Columbia University and an MS in Computer Science from Tufts University.
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Dr. Edward Lovelace

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Dr. Edward Lovelace
Ed has 25 years of leadership experience in electric power conversion technology and product development for hybrid/electric powertrain and electric power generation applications. Formerly CTO and executive vice president of engineering at Free Flow Power, a renewable generation project development company focused on hydropower, he led the development of a hydrokinetic turbine system that generated energy from the Mississippi River currents. Previously, Ed was director of engineering development at Satcon, a leading U.S. alternative energy electric power conversion company, and prior to that was with the General Electric Aircraft Engine business. Ed was a DOT/FHWA Eisenhower Doctoral Fellow for the MIT-Industry Consortium on Advanced Automotive Electrical/Electronic Components and Systems. He has a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in mechanical engineering, and a Master of Science and Doctorate in electrical engineering from MIT.

Our Awards

Our revolutionary technology has been recognized for its simplicity, sustainability, and results.
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Time Magazine: Best Inventions of the Year 2019
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Real Leaders: 100 Top Impact Companies of the Year 2020
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S&P Global Platts: Commercial Technology of the Year 2018
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Boston Business Journal 2018: Best Places to Work

“Survey results showed 100 percent of our employees were considered either highly engaged (88.46%) or moderately engaged (11.46%).” Read more >

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New England Venture Capital Association NEVY Award 2018: Finalist, Clean Tech and Energy Company of the Year

“Attended by over 1000 of the region’s top innovators, investors, and companies, the NEVYs are a singular celebration of the region’s biggest wins and brightest stars.” Read More >

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Inc. Magazine 2014 – Best-Designed American-Made Product: Transportation

"XL Hybrids provides a clever and easy-to-install solution for reducing fuel use and carbon-dioxide emissions for commercial fleets." Read More >

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CERAWeek 2014 – Energy Innovation Pioneer

"XL Hybrids epitomizes an Energy Innovation Pioneer. Their hybrid powertrain system is economic today, highly scalable and significantly reduces fuel consumption." Read More >

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Fast Company 2014 – World’s #3 Most Innovative Company in Energy

"For siphoning gas-guzzlers off the road." Read More >

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Boston Business Journal 2012 – Best Green Practices Award Winner

"These businesses that have made great strides in bringing greater sustainability to the workplace, to their customers and to their community." Read More >

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Electronic Designs 2011 – Best of New Technologies / Components

"The great new innovations that have been introduced in the last year." Read More >

Global Cleantech 100 Ones to Watch

XL Hybrids is an upcoming company that is catching the eye of leading players in the market. Read More >