OAK PARK, MI, Dec. 7 /CNW/ - Azure Dynamics Corporation (TSX: AZD)(OTC: AZDDF) and Ford Motor Company announced today that one of the nation's largest state utilities companies has been added to the LEAD customer program for the innovative Ford Transit Connect Electric van with a ten unit order. As a LEAD customer, the state utility will receive one of the exclusive supply of 2010 Ford Transit Connect Electric vans and will receive its remaining nine vans in 2011.
"The customer, who we can't name at this point, is a major energy provider seeking to better understand electrified vehicles to determine what infrastructure is needed to support the technology as it increases its market presence," said Scott Harrison, Azure Dynamics chief executive officer. "We're pleased that our Transit Connect Electric product has become an important instrument to help shape energy producers' approach to electrified vehicle support. That's a benefit of being first to market with a game-changing technology."
Azure previously announced that other marquee energy companies including Xcel Energy, Southern California Edison and New York Power Authority would participate in the Ford Transit Connect Electric LEAD customer program. AT&T, Johnson Controls Inc., Toronto Atmospheric Fund and Canada Post have also announced their participation the program.
Commercial vehicle fleets are increasingly seen as the logical starting point for electric vehicles due to their typical drive cycles that often include travel on predictable, short-range, routes with frequent stop and go driving in tight urban or suburban environments. Commercial vehicles generally return to a central location at the end of a drive cycle making for convenient recharging over night.
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 from Johnson Controls-Saft, Transit Connect Electric can achieve a range of up to 80 miles on a single charge and has a top speed of 75 mph. The battery is rechargeable using either a 240-volt or standard 120-volt outlet. Azure Dynamics will also provide its Force Drive electric powertrain for the Transit Connect Electric in Europe.
For more information on how Azure vehicles are Driving a World of Difference, please visit www.azuredynamics.com.
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 www.azuredynamics.com.
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