OAK PARK, MI, June 30 /CNW/ - Azure Dynamics Corporation (TSX: AZD, LSE:
ADC & OTCQX: AZDDF) - ("Azure" or the "Company"), a leading developer of
hybrid electric and electric powertrains for commercial vehicles, announced
today it has signed its first dealer, Palmetto Truck Center, with a Sales &
Service agreement. The agreement allows Palmetto to serve growing market
demand for Azure's new fuel efficient, low maintenance and environmentally
friendly Balance Hybrid Electric E450 commercial vehicle.
The Balance Hybrid Electric is integrated on Ford's E450 Cutaway and
Strip Chassis drive system managing the conventional 5.4 litre Triton gasoline
engine and the 5-speed automatic TorqShift transmission. The hybrid powertrain
features electric-launch assist, engine-off at idle and regenerative braking
improving the vehicle's fuel economy by up to 40 percent, reducing maintenance
cost by up to 30 percent and minimizing greenhouse gas emissions.
"We sought a dealership partner that has proven excellence in the
commercial truck market," said Jay Sandler, Vice President of Sales for
Azure Dynamics. "Palmetto immediately understood the significant value
proposition of the Azure Balance Hybrid Electric vehicle. Together, we are
eager to take our product to market in South Florida and beyond."
Azure Dynamics plans to sign approximately 50 dealers in the next year in
major metro markets in the United States and Canada. The Company has already
identified 33 initial target markets. Prior to the Palmetto relationship,
Azure had been selling direct to market. However, expected demand and recently
announced orders from major fleet owners like AT&T and FedEx have encouraged
the Company to broaden its distribution network by partnering with
highly-regarded commercial vehicle specialists.
For more information about Azure Dynamics and its family of hybrid
electric and electric commercial vehicles, please visit www.azuredynamics.com.
About Azure Dynamics
Azure Dynamics Corporation (TSX: AZD) (LSE: ADC) (OTCQX: AZDDF) is a
world leader in the development and production of hybrid electric and electric
components and powertrain systems for commercial vehicles. Azure is
strategically targeting the commercial delivery vehicle and shuttle bus
markets and is currently working internationally with various partners and
customers. The Company is committed to providing customers and partners with
innovative, cost-efficient, and environmentally-friendly energy management
solutions. For more information please visit www.azuredynamics.com.
About Palmetto Truck Center
Palmetto Truck Center, Inc. is a second generation family-owned and
operated truck dealership. Serving the South Florida community since 1966,
Palmetto Truck Center is the largest Ford wholesale parts distributor in
Miami-Dade and Broward Counties servicing businesses throughout the area and
exporting to countries around the world. While the dealership specializes in
all size commercial truck sales, it has a sizeable retail business featuring
sport utility vehicles, vans and light trucks.
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