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Azure Dynamics Hybrid Control System Wins Technology Leadership of Year Award

Azure Dynamics is receiving Frost & Sullivan’s 2005 Technology Leadership of the Year Award for its hybrid electric drive Azure Control System (ACS).

Every year, Frost & Sullivan—a global consulting company—presents this award to the company that has pioneered the growth of an innovative technology which is likely to affect several market sectors in terms of adoption, change, and competitive posture. It also recognizes the leadership of the company in the successful promotion of expertise and its continuing impact in technology commercialization.

The ACS technology optimizes the use of the hybrid powertrain components (battery and or ultracapacitor, fuel cell and/or internal combustion engine) in real-time to maximize the reduction of fuel consumption and exhaust emissions under different conditions, also resulting in lower operating costs and prolonged component life.

The adaptive algorithms in Azure’s control system continuously sample vehicle data to determine the appropriate energy flow across the vehicle’s components.

Azure is currently developing four hybrid powertrain platforms:

  • G1 for medium-duty commercial vehicles in the weight range: 9,000 to 14,000 lbs gross vehicle weight (GVW).

  • G2 for light-duty commercial vehicles: 5,000 to 7,500 lbs GVW. Within both G1 and G2 platforms, Azure is developing parallel, serial or battery electric systems best suited to the customer application.

  • Parallel hybrid platform for 14,000 to 18,000 lbs GVW.

  • Parallel hybrid platform for 22,000 to 39,000 lbs GVW.

Azure Dynamics is currently working with various partners and customers internationally including Purolator Courier Ltd., Canada Post, DHL, US Department of Defense, United States Postal Service, SEV Group Limited, Leyland Product Development, and London Taxis International.

Most recently, Azure announced it was developing two Class-7 medium-duty delivery trucks for Chalmers-Sunbelt, a beverage distributor. (Earlier post.)


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