Azure Receives Orders for 27 Electric Vans
FedEx Express has ordered five vans through Holman Ford Lincoln in Pennsauken, New Jersey and adds the vans to its fleet, to decrease environmental impact in daily operations.
DTE Energy will add three vans to its fleet of pure EV vehicles, as part of the companyâ€™s efforts to move towards alternative energy options. They ordered through Suburban Ford of Sterling Heights, Michigan.
The City of Toronto has ordered four vans through Eastcourt Ford Lincoln in Agincourt, Ontario.
An order of 15 vans was received from various North American dealers, as they use them to demonstrations.
The Ford Transit Connect Electric vans use Johnson Controlsâ€™ advanced lithium-ion batteries rechargeable using either a 240-volt or standard 120-volt outlet. The vehicles have a mileage of 50 to 80 miles.
Scott Harrison, CEO of Azure Dynamics, said: â€œThese new orders underscore several key drivers in the electric vehicle market expansion. Some major vehicle fleets like Azure customersâ€™ FedEx, AT&T, Canada Post, Post Norway, etc, are employing specific quantities of Transit Connect Electric vans to gain operational experience with the technology in advance of expected increased deployment.
â€œEnergy producers like Azure customersâ€™ DTE, SoCal Edison, NYPA, Xcel and others are using the vans to help them understand necessary energy production and distribution requirements related to the increasing national fleet of EV vehicles.â€
In April 2011, Azure Dynamics has supported a new DHL 80-vehicle green fleet in Manhattan, with its products. The DHL fleet includes 50 Balance hybrid electric powertrains to be retrofitted on existing Ford E450 chassis and 30 Transit Connect Electric vans.
Previously, the City of Toronto and FedEx Express have also acquired Balance hybrid electric drivetrain to implement alternative fuel technologies in their fleet.
Azure Dynamics Corporation is engaged in the development and production of hybrid electric and electric components and powertrain systems for commercial vehicles.
Will the move enhance sales of the firm?
Have your say and discuss with your peers on the InfoGrok community.
Participate by posting your comments now.