Azure Receives Order for 50 Balance Hybrid Electric Units
The customer, which also previously submitted Azure's single largest Transit Connect Electric order of 30 units, cannot be named at this time.
The Azure Balance Hybrid Electric is the clear market leader in the medium duty hybrid commercial market. The powertrain is integrated on a Ford E450 chassis with a Ford 5.4L gasoline engine.
The hybrid electric drive train features unique attributes such as engine-off at idle and below 20 miles per hour, while electronically supporting key ancillary functions like power steering and braking, is ideally suited for commercial activity in urban environments, said Azure Dynamics.
The 50 units are scheduled for delivery to the logistics carrier during the second quarter of 2011 for facilities located in the US. The units described in this order will include the Balance Hybrid Electric second generation architecture characterized by the Johnson Controls-Saft lithium ion battery plus many other upgrades designed to improve efficiency, reliability and durability.
As a result, the Balance Hybrid Electric can improve fuel economy by up to 40 percent, while reducing carbon emissions by up to 30 percent in city conditions. The drive train also offers a significant reduction in maintenance costs versus conventionally equipped competitors.
Scott Harrison, CEO of Azure Dynamics Corporation, said: â€œOur product portfolio reflects this belief by offering the market-leading Balance Hybrid Electric solution and the innovative Transit Connect Electric EV van. Azure's latest order demonstrates that the same customer is often interested in multiple technologies and vehicle platforms to best serve diverse fleet needs. We intent to meet that need with industry best solutions.â€
Will the new order enhance Azure's market share?
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