OAK PARK, MI, Sept. 26, 2011 /CNW/ - Azure Dynamics Corporation (TSX:
AZD)(OTC: AZDDF), a world leader in the development and production of
hybrid electric and electric components and powertrain systems for
commercial vehicles, announced today that Auto-Strunk GmbH has become
the latest European dealership to sign a sales and service agreement
for the innovative Ford Transit Connect Electric van. Transit Connect
Electric will be available via Auto-Strunk locations in both Cologne
and Langenfeld (Rhineland), Germany.
European manufacturing for Transit Connect Electric began in June, 2011
and in North America in April, 2011. Azure has since received orders
for the Transit Connect Electric van of more than 400 units worldwide
and was recently honored with the ÖkoGlobe Award for sustainable
innovations in mobility.
"Germany is an important market for us and we're thrilled to have
Auto-Strunk, a well known and well connected dealership partner, to
present Transit Connect Electric to its commercial fleet customers,"
said Ricardo Espinosa, Azure's managing director in Europe.
"Auto-Strunk is working aggressively to provide customers with vehicles
that help lower operational costs and improve environmental
performance," said Edith Strunk, CEO at Auto-Strunk. "As the recent
ÖkoGlobe Award demonstrates, the Transit Connect Electric van can
accomplish those goals as well as any vehicle currently available in
To bring forward innovation in electric vehicles, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is committed to having one million electric cars on German roads by
With a unique combination of car-like driving dynamics, rugged load
capacity, dependability and low operating costs, the Transit Connect
Electric van is an ideal choice for German commercial fleet operators
looking to reduce operational costs and lessen their impact on the
On September 6th 2011, the Transit Connect Electric was honored with the coveted
ÖkoGlobe Award from the ÖkoGlobe Institute of the University of
Duisburg Essen. ÖkoGlobe is an international environmental award that
honors sustainable innovations in the field of mobility.
Azure's distribution strategy in Europe is to establish partnerships
with carefully selected Ford Commercial Truck dealerships to offer
Transit Connect Electric sales and service activities in strategically
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.
For more information on how Azure Dynamics is Diving 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.
Auto-Strunk GmbH is a well established car dealer operating in Cologne,
Germany for 100 years in 2011. The family run business holds subsidies
in Langenfeld (Rheinland) and Brandenburg an der Havel with almost 400
employees. The partnership with Ford Motor Company was established 75
years ago and is since then core brand for the business. Focusing on
the customer and its needs all around the field of mobility with high
quality service was always key to Auto-Strunk. Incorporating electric
vehicle was logic in following this guiding theme and made possible by
a cooperation with Azure Dynamics.
For more information in German please visit: www.auto-strunk.de.
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