Azure Dynamics Opens European Headquarters
The company opened the new headquarters to support its sales and marketing efforts for the new all-electric Ford Transit Connect, which is scheduled for European production in June, 2011.
Transit Connect Electric offers a combination of driving dynamics, cargo capacity, accessibility and low costs of operation. It can achieve a range of 80 - 130 kilometers (50 - 80 miles) depending on auxiliary power usage and drive cycle, and has a top speed of 125 kph (75 mph). The lithium ion battery is rechargeable in approximately six hours using a 230-volt outlet.
Azure's new European facility will be responsible for all European operations including engineering and program coordination, manufacturing activities, sales and marketing and service support.
The North London facility, located in Arlington Business Park in Stevenage, has a 4,800 square foot office space, and a workshop area that can accommodate Azure vehicles along with key diagnostic equipment for vehicles and electric powertrain components. The East of England Development Agency (EEDA) helped Azure Dynamics locate the facility.
Azure has selected a European-based manufacturer to upfit the Transit connects electric and expects to announce the partnership upon the completion of the terms. Azure has been developing electric powertrains for more than 20 years. Its innovative force drive technology has over 40 different vehicle integrations to its credit and more than 35m miles of real-world experience.
In addition to the acclaimed Transit connect electric; Azure also manufactures the Balance Hybrid Electric delivery truck and shuttle bus. The Balance Hybrid Electric offers up to 40 percent fuel economy improvement while reducing emissions by up to 30 percent.
Scott Harrison, CEO of Azure Dynamics, said: â€œSince its introduction in 2002, the Ford Transit Connect has had phenomenal sales success in cities across Europe and we're eager to launch its all-electric counterpart, Transit Connect Electric.
â€œSince receiving the first 14 Transit Connect electric vehicles in Europe this past December, we are very encouraged by the initial reaction and interest from both European public and private commercial fleet operators. Many of our potential customers have experience with the conventional gas vehicle and are now eager to enjoy the operational and environmental benefits of our pure-electric ForceDrive powertrain.â€
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