Azure Dynamics to Develop Hybrid-Electric Powertrain for Ford E-Series
6 October 2006
|Ford 2007 E-350 van.|
Azure Dynamics Corporation has signed an agreement with Ford Motor Company to enable Azure to develop a hybrid electric powertrain for Ford’s E-series commercial platform.
Azure is responsible for the development of the parallel hybrid-electric gasoline system that will be applied to Ford’s E-series commercial vehicles. Azure will be the Vehicle Modifier and will complete the hybrid modification on the E-350 and E-450 commercial chassis.
Ford, as the OEM of the incomplete commercial vehicles, will provide Azure with assistance to facilitate the development of the hybrid electric powertrain.
The E-series commercial chassis is applied in both truck and bus markets. The agreement between the two companies includes an intention for Azure to enter into a Ford Ship-Thru agreement which would allow the modified vehicles to be offered through the Ford distribution network.
Azure is currently working internationally with various partners and customers, including Purolator Courier Ltd., Canada Post, United States Postal Service, Smith Electric Vehicles, Workhorse Custom Chassis, DRS Sustainment Systems, Inc. and AM General LLC.
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