Azure Dynamics Balance(TM) Hybrid Electric Selected by the City of Toronto

    OAK PARK, MI, May 6 /CNW/ - Azure Dynamics Corporation (TSX: AZD) -
("Azure") or (the "Company"), a leading developer of innovative hybrid green
technologies that address environmental and cost issues for operators of
commercial vehicle fleets, announced today that five Balance(TM) Hybrid
Electric trucks were ordered by the City of Toronto. The five trucks will be
put into service in three different city divisions including the Library; the
Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division; and Solid Waste Management Services.
    "Azure Dynamics has a steadfast dedication to promoting sustainable
living and driving a world of difference," said Scott Harrison, Azure
Dynamics' Chief Executive Officer. "By deploying five Balance(TM) Hybrid
Electric trucks, the City of Toronto continues to support a collective effort
to improve the green footprint throughout Canada where the citizens value and
appreciate their incredible natural resources."
    The five trucks ordered by the City of Toronto will be used in some of
the City's busiest departments. One unit will be utilized by the Library where
an inter-branch delivery system will operate six days a week making
approximately 10 stops a day. The Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division will
use one vehicle for the delivery of sports equipment and recreational
materials to community centers throughout Toronto and another vehicle for the
delivery of live plants for special events held in Toronto at various public
functions. Finally, two units will be used by Solid Waste Management Services
for residential curb side pickup of 'white goods' which include refrigerators,
stoves, washing machines, etc. to be taken to a dedicated recycling facility.
    Azure Dynamics has developed the Balance(TM) Hybrid Electric drive system
for Ford's E450 Cutaway and Strip Chassis trucks. The Balance(TM) Hybrid
Electric drive system manages the conventional 5.4 litre Triton gasoline
engine and the 5-speed automatic TorqShift transmission to produce a cleaner,
more fuel efficient vehicle for a variety of business needs. The hybrid
features electric-launch assist, engine-off at idle and regenerative braking
which combine to improve fuel economy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The
technology improves fuel economy by up to 40%, while reducing the carbon foot
print by approximately 30%, creating a significant positive impact on the
environment and air quality. In addition, Azure's Balance(TM) Hybrid Electric
technology reduces vehicle maintenance costs by approximately 30% thereby
further reducing the overall fleet operating costs.
    The successful application of the Ford E-450 walk-in vans built with
Azure's Balance(TM) Hybrid Electric drive train system is evident by the
recent testing of the system in Altoona, Pennsylvania where it was validated
for its durability and engineering integrity.
    Sherway Ford in Toronto managed the transactions for the City of Toronto
in conjunction with PK Vans of Oshawa, Ontario. The City of Toronto, Azure
Dynamics and PK Vans are all active members of Electric Mobility Canada (EMC).
    "The environment is a top concern for the citizens in Canada and the City
of Toronto has set an excellent example of their ongoing commitment for
cleaner, healthier living. With the partnership between Azure Dynamics and the
City of Toronto, we are definitely moving in the right direction and doing
what we can to make an immediate impact on our environment," said Pat
Johnston, of PK Vans, manufacturer of the bodies on the five hybrid trucks.

    About Azure Dynamics

    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
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    Forward-looking Statements

    This press release contains forward-looking statements. More
particularly, this press release contains statements concerning Azure's
business development strategy, projected commercial revenues and product
    The forward-looking statements are based on certain key expectations and
assumptions made by Azure, including expectations and assumptions concerning
achievement of current timetables for development programs, target market
acceptance of Azure's products, current and new product performance,
availability and cost of labour and expertise, and evolving markets for power
for transportation vehicles. Although Azure believes that the expectations and
assumptions on which the forward-looking statements are based are reasonable,
undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements because
Azure can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct. Since
forward-looking statements address future events and conditions, by their very
nature they involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results could
differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors
and risks. These include, but are not limited to, the risks associated with
Azure's early stage of development, lack of product revenues and history of
losses, requirements for additional financing, uncertainty as to commercial
viability, uncertainty as to product development and commercialization
milestones being met, uncertainty as to the market for Azure's products and
unproven acceptance of Azure's technology, competition for capital, product
market and personnel, uncertainty as to target markets, dependence upon third
parties, changes in environmental laws or policies, uncertainty as to patent
and proprietary rights, availability of management and key personnel, and
acquisition integration risk. These risks are set out in more detail in
Azure's annual information form which can be accessed at
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as of the date hereof and Azure undertakes no obligation to update publicly or
revise any forward-looking statements or information, whether as a result of
new information, future events or otherwise, unless so required by applicable
securities laws.

For further information:

For further information: ON AZURE, CONTACT: Jay Sandler, Vice
President-Sales, (248) 298-2403, Email:; Pat
Liebler, Liebler Group, (313) 832-4376, Email:; Cindy
Bromley, Finance and Administration Communications Manager, City of Toronto,
(416) 392-4993, Email

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