OAK PARK, MI, Dec. 10 /CNW/ - Azure Dynamics Corporation (TSX: AZD) - ("Azure" or the "Company"), an industry leader in the development of hybrid electric and electric technologies for commercial vehicles, announced today that a Balance(TM) Hybrid Electric shuttle bus will serve tourist needs on beautiful Grand Island in Lake Superior.
Visitor guides refer to Grand Island as "a rustic landscape offering a wide range of primitive experiences and forest activities". That "rustic landscape" will now be served by an advanced alternative energy shuttle bus technology designed, in part, to minimize harmful emissions. The bus, purchased by ALTRAN in Alger County, MI, through a grant from the Federal Transit Administration that was given to the Hiawatha National Forest, will transport passengers through a National Recreation Area.
ALTRAN purchased the bus via a previously announced contract with the State of Minnesota. That contract, open to acquisitions from outside of the state, is administered through Hoglund Bus & Truck Co. in Monticello, MN. The bus will have a Turtle Top, Inc. shuttle bus body and will be delivered in time for the 2010 tourist season. The bus can accommodate 16 seated passengers or 12 seated passengers and two wheelchair positions.
"The customer prioritized an environmentally friendly, clean, hybrid drive train that we were thrilled to provide," said Jay Sandler, Azure Vice President of Sales. "Since the bus will operate in a fairly remote island environment, ALTRAN needed a reliable, durable product. We were able to demonstrate that Azure technology has had impressive up-time performance in some of the hardest working conditions at major fleets in both the USA and Canada. Moreover, the bus will have a quality conversion by Turtle Top and will be well supported by Hoglund Bus on the sales and service side."
The Balance(TM) Hybrid Electric's performance characteristics are well suited for the Grand Island tour bus demands. The bus will incur frequent starts and stops allowing the electric-launch assist and regenerative braking to be most effective. The bus will travel primarily at lower speeds where the hybrid electric drive train provides power assist for the vehicle's engine. Also, when tour guests disembark at various Grand Island points of interest, the drive train's engine-off at idle capability will reduce fuel consumption, emissions and noise while still maintaining comfortable temperatures inside the bus.
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Azure Dynamics Corporation (TSX: AZD) 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.
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