Dealer to represent innovative Ford Transit Connect Electric to
commercial fleet customers
The Hugo Pfohe GmbH network of 10 Ford dealerships in Northern Germany
will represent Transit Connect Electric with sales and service
Ford Transit Connect Electric now available in Germany, Norway, and
U.K., with additional country announcements forthcoming
European assembly and shipments of Transit Connect Electric vans to
begin this week
OAK PARK, MI, June 14, 2011 /CNW/ - Azure Dynamics Corporation (TSX:
AZD)(OTC: AZDDF) and Ford Europe announced today that Hugo Pfohe GmbH
will be the first German dealership group for sales and service of the
Ford Transit Connect Electric van. Transit Connect Electric will be
available through Pfohe's 10 Ford dealerships across Northern German.
"With our European Transit Connect Electric manufacturing set to
commence this week, it's critical that we organize a network of Ford
dealerships for representation across Europe," said Ricardo Espinosa,
Azure's managing director in Europe. "The Pfohe Group has 90 years
experience successfully representing Ford products to private and fleet
customers and will be a valuable partner in presenting the Transit
Connect Electric to German commercial fleet customers."
Philip Pfohe, general manager of Hugo Pfohe GmbH, also serves as the
Chairman of the European Ford Dealer Association.
"It is vital that future transportation can be achieved in a more
environmentally positive manner," said Pfohe. "To our knowledge,
Transit Connect Electric is the best product in class to enable our
customers to achieve their transportation needs with the environmental
benefits of electric power. With a number of companies interested in
understanding the potential of Transit Connect Electric, backed by
German government support for electric vehicles in general, we believe
that this vehicle is being introduced at exactly the right time."
With a unique combination of car-like driving dynamics, rugged load
capacity and low operating costs, the Transit Connect Electric van is
an ideal choice for German commercial fleet operators looking to reduce
operational costs and lessen their impact on the environment.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel recently committed to having one million electric cars on German roads
Azure's strategy in Europe is to establish partnerships with carefully
selected Ford dealerships to offer high quality sales and service
activities in support of Transit Connect Electric. To that end,
Transit Connect Electric will now be available via Hugo Pfohe stores in
Hamburg (three stores), Schwerin (two stores), Bad Segeberg,
Norderstedt, Lübeck, Kiel and Oldenburg. Pfohe also operates a
fully-owned subsidiary in Bulgaria (Moto-Pfohe).
To create the Transit Connect Electric, Azure integrates its proven
Force DriveTM electric powertrain into the award-winning Ford Transit Connect.
Utilizing an advanced lithium-ion battery, Transit Connect Electric can
achieve a range of up to 80-130KM/50-80 miles on a single charge and
has a load capacity of 500kgs.
The Transit Connect Electric powertrain provides powerful benefits for
commercial vehicle users who have drive cycles that often include
predictable, short range routes with frequent stop/start driving in
Azure's manufacturing partner, Lotus Lightweight Structures, will begin
assembling and shipping Transit Connect Electric vans next week from
its plant in Worcester, UK. Completed vans will be shipped throughout
Europe. Post Norway was previously announced as Transit Connect
Electric's first European customer with a 20-van order.
For more information on how Azure Dynamics is Diving a World of
Difference, please visit www.azuredynamics.com.
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