Azure Dynamics' Force Drive(TM) Powertrain Helps Power Transit Connect Electric to Prestigious International "Oko-Globe" Environmental Award

  • Ford Transit Connect Electric wins "production model with sustainability factor" award
  • "Oko-Globe" is considered a foremost international environmental award in the auto industry given by the Oko-Globe Institute in Germany
  • Transit Connect Electric combines the driving characteristics of a personal vehicle with a high utility value, zero emissions and low operating costs

OAK PARK, MI, Sept. 15, 2011 /CNW/ - Azure Dynamics Corporation (TSX: AZD)(OTC: AZDDF) ("Azure" or the "Company"), a world leader in the development and production of hybrid electric and electric components and powertrain systems for light and medium duty commercial vehicles, announced today that the Ford Transit Connect Electric, powered by Azure's patented Force DriveTM electric powertrain, was named winner of the prestigious "Oko-Globe" (translated as "Eco Globe") environmental award.  The "Oko-Globe," presented by the Oko-Globe Institute at the University of Duisburg-Essen, is considered among the foremost international environmental award in the auto industry.

"This award is a real coup for the Transit Connect Electric and tangible recognition of the innovation and environmental benefits provided by Azure's Force DriveTM system," said Scott Harrison, Azure's CEO. "More and more customers are demanding cleaner, more efficient power for their fleets.  Combined with the car-like driving characteristics and reduced operating costs, Transit Connect Electric is an ideal product for them and the Oko-Globe award is an added testimony to its built-in environmental benefits."

This is the fifth consecutive year a Ford platform has won an Oko-Globe award.  "We are indeed delighted about this renewed award," said Bernhard Mattes, Chairman of Ford GmbH.  "Electric power is generally a better value for the money than a tank full of premium fuel or diesel….This makes Transit Connect Electric the ideal choice for clients who want to reduce their costs and at the same time make a lasting contribution to the environment."

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 city/urban environments.

About Azure Dynamics
Azure Dynamics Corporation (TSX: AZD)(OTC: 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 a variety of 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

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