Ford QVM approves Hybrid L
January 15, 2010
Ford QVM backs the Royale Hybrid L
Haverhill, Ma – Royale a Cabot Coach Builders Company has received an endorsement from Ford through its Qualified Vehicle Modifier Program (QVM) on the highly popular Ford Fusion Hybrid L. The stretched Ford Fusion Hybrid was developed exclusively by Royale and has gained broad recognition in the livery industry as the new standard for green for-hire transportation.
The Ford QVM approval is just another step in the process of wide market acceptance for our product according to Cabot Smith President of Royale. “When I received the confirming call from Jeff Nichols, Manager of Ford Global Fleet and Jim Murray the QVM Engineering Supervisor I was ecstatic” commented Smith.
By extending the chassis and rear doors as well as adding many luxury upgrades Royale created the first purpose built Hybrid Electric Livery Vehicle HELV. The Hybrid L currently available in the Ford Fusion Hybrid offers nearly 95% of the rear leg and shoulder room of the Lincoln Town Car Executive L, while delivering a substantial improvement in fuel economy and over twice the driving range on a single tank. The regenerative braking system keeps the battery charged to propel it through the city up to 47 mph. The accessory battery runs the amenities including the Air Conditioner reducing CO2 emissions and fuel use during idle or wait time. Add to that the estimated 41 mpg city and 36 mpg highway fuel economy and you have the most fuel efficient purpose built HELV or Hybrid Electric Taxi VehicleTM on the market today.
In other news Royale has been awarded Cadillac Master Coachbuilders (CMC) first “perfect score” according to Joe Pennington of Cadillac Professional Vehicles. The score was based on a day long annual audit of Royale performed by Cadillac Professional Vehicles which analyzes a coachbuilder’s operation from start to finish including design review and validation, HVAC and electrical systems, body structure and appearance, inspection and audit processes, as well as training and service. “This is an impressive confirmation of what we do on a daily basis; and it’s nice to get some public recognition every now and then” commented Cabot Smith President.
Royale manufactures Lincoln MKT Town Car, Lincoln Navigator and Cadillac DTS Limousines in lengths from the 6” DTS-L to the 120” NV for the private mobile office market as well as the funeral, livery and export markets.