Azure Dynamics shuttle bus added to BlueCross(R) BlueShield(R) of Tennessee Headquarters

    The Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority for Paratransit Also Becomes
    Part of the Solution with Two Azure Shuttle Bus Orders

    OAK PARK, MI, June 8 /CNW/ - Azure Dynamics Corporation (TSX: AZD) -
("Azure" or the "Company"), a leading developer of state-of-the-art green
technologies that address environmental and cost issues for the commercial
transportation industry, today announced that BlueCross(R) BlueShield(R) of
Tennessee (BCBST) is contributing to the greening of the city of Chattanooga
by providing BCBST employees with state-of-the-art green transportation
services. Azure Dynamics Series CitiBus will enable BCBST to connect its
employees at its new corporate headquarters to other destinations in downtown
Chattanooga, which was the first city in the nation to have an all
battery-powered downtown shuttle bus system providing free public
    Elsewhere in the state of Tennessee, Azure announced two Balance(TM)
Hybrid Electric orders from the Nashville MTA for its "Access Ride" program. 
The buses specified by the MTA are flexible enough to accommodate 12 seated
passengers, six wheelchair passengers or a combination of the two.
    The new 950,000-square-foot BCBST campus occupies the top of historic
Cameron Hill in Chattanooga. BCBST is providing Azure's 19-passenger hybrid
electric-powered shuttle bus to transport employees from their hilltop office
campus to its other downtown offices as well as various locations in the city
throughout the workday.
    "Our new headquarters campus incorporates numerous attributes designed to
reduce our energy usage and lessen our environmental impact, so the Azure
Dynamics hybrid electric Series CitiBus is an ideal solution for our employee
transportation needs," said Dan Jacobson, vice president of properties and
corporate services at BCBST. "The new hybrid shuttle will help make the
efforts of our 4,500 employees more productive and convenient. It's consistent
with everything else we're doing to reflect sustainability in all of our
    "BCBST is focused on protecting the environment in its hometown, and
we're delighted to be a part of the solution," said Scott Harrison, Azure
Dynamics CEO. "The company needed a product that's efficient, flexible and
environmentally friendly in start-and-stop city conditions without any
sacrifice in performance or reliability. That's the perfect description of our
Series CitiBus. We were also impressed that BCBST voluntarily spent additional
funds to make the shuttle ADA compliant."
    Chattanooga's Advanced Transportation Technology Institute (ATTI), a
non-profit entity for alternative energy solutions, introduced the AZD bus to
BCBST after seeing it at the Electric Vehicle Society-23 Expo in December
2007. "Our national role is to recommend transportation solutions that are
environmentally progressive and cost efficient. The Series CitiBus fully meets
those standards," said ATTI's Executive Director, Jim Frierson. "Our
community, BCBST and its employees, and Azure are all winners in this
    The Azure Series CitiBus has become a preferred shuttle for
municipalities and public agencies across the country seeking cleaner and
smarter transit options. BCBST is the first corporate customer in the nation
for the innovative vehicle.
    The Azure vehicle platforms, the Series CitiBus for BCBST and the two
Balance(TM) Hybrid Electrics specified by Nashville MTA, increase fuel economy
by up to 40% while offering up to a 30% reduction in greenhouse emissions. The
buses also reduce maintenance costs by up to 30%. With its electric-launch
assist, engine-off at idle and regenerative braking, the Azure products are
ideally suited for the tough start and stop conditions endured by shuttle
buses. As a result, Azure Dynamics customers can expect considerable benefits
in terms of fuel efficiency and maintenance costs while also reducing their
carbon foot print and improving air quality.
    Mid-South Bus in Murfreesboro, TN is the distributor for the Chattanooga
and Nashville buses. For more information on Azure Dynamics and its products,
please visit us on the web at

    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, please visit

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availability and cost of labour and expertise, and evolving markets for power
for transportation vehicles. Although Azure believes that the expectations and
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