About Us

The Fleet Electrification Leader

When XL 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.

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Founded by MIT engineers 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.

Nearly a decade later, that mission continues.  XL 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, approaching 100 million cumulative miles in operation, we have helped save our customers well over 1 million gallons of fuel and eliminated over 13,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions.

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 (14) of any electrification provider

  • Proven products with measurable benefits

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

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

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

 

Our Team

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

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Tod Hynes

CEO & Founder

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Tod Hynes
CEO & Founder
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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Clay Siegert

Chief Operating Officer

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Clay Siegert
Chief Operating Officer
Clay is responsible for leading sales, supply chain and production at XL Hybrids. Prior to co-founding XL Hybrids, Clay was in strategic roles at Hudson Capital Group, an energy commodity trading firm, Smart Energy, a deregulated electricity and gas supplier, and Start Space, a consumer products company. Clay earned a master’s degree in Supply Chain Management from MIT, and a bachelor’s degree from Trinity College. While at MIT, Clay conducted his thesis on strategies for grid-scale energy storage applications. Clay also co-authored an MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics research study on vehicle-to-grid opportunities for corporate fleets.
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James Breyer

Chief Technology Officer

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James Breyer
Chief Technology Officer
James is XL’s Chief Technology Officer, responsible for establishing and executing the company’s innovation and technology strategies as well as our future product roadmap. James has over 20 years within the automotive industry and has a wealth of knowledge in vehicle electrification systems engineering. He has previously worked in electrification projects at the OEM level with Ford and General Motors. He has worked on new technology deployments in fuel cell, BEV, HEV and EREV powertrains as well as autonomous vehicle technologies. Most recently, he was leader of global technology and engineering teams in electronics development for advanced automotive technologies at the Tier 1 level. He holds a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering and Masters of Business Administration degree.
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Kristin Brief

SVP Corporate Development & Treasurer

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Kristin Brief
SVP Corporate Development & Treasurer
Kristin leads XL’s finance and administrative functions, in addition to focusing on corporate strategy and long-term capital planning. Kristin has been in the energy industry for her entire career, including 13 years working at the early-stage cleantech companies. Prior to XL, Kristin held roles at Ambri (an MIT startup commercializing a novel grid storage technology), EnerNOC (a leading provider of demand response and energy efficiency solutions) and NERA Economic Consulting. Kristin has a BA in economics from Dartmouth College.
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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.

Board of Directors

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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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Deb Frodl

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Deb Frodl
Deb Frodl serves on the Board of Directors, Nominating and Governance Committee and Risk Committee for Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: REGI). Her strengths as a board member include strategy and commercial mindset towards company growth, environmental and clean technology expertise and proven success working with senior executives to pursue critical objectives. As a top senior executive at GE, Deb led Ecomagination, a business strategy group focused on developing clean technology innovation that drives positive environmental and economic impact at global scale. During her tenure, GE invested $11 billion in Ecomagination R&D and generated $175 billion in revenue, while driving decarbonization and cost reductions for global customers. Prior to this role, Deb served as Chief Strategy Officer & Global Alternative Fuels Leader for GE and has over twenty years experience as a senior executive in GE Capital. Deb serves as an Ambassador for the Clean Energy, Education & Empowerment for Women Initiative, a collaboration between U.S. Department of Energy, MIT & Stanford. She also serves as a Director for the Advanced Energy Economy, an organization of businesses working to make energy secure, clean, and affordable.

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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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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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 >