|The Nissan Tsuru.|
Azure Dynamics Corporation has signed a supply agreement with Electro Autos Eficaces of Mexico (EAE). The initial order is for 1,000 drive systems for integration into the Nissan Tsuru—a vehicle based on an earlier generation model of the Nissan Sentra—which is commonly used in the municipal fleet of Mexico City.
The Tsurus are being converted from gasoline-powered vehicles to electric vehicles as part of Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard’s initiative to improve air quality and general health and quality of life in the city.
Mayor Ebrard will drive the first converted vehicle to the International Electric Vehicle Forum on 8 May 2007 in Mexico City. The balance of the 1,000 vehicles will be converted over the following 18 months. Azure’s scope of supply for the 1,000 drive systems includes the motor, controller, gearbox and DC-DC converters and is valued at more than C$7.0 million (US$6.1 million).
The agreement also includes the potential for Azure to supply a broad range of electric and hybrid electric drive systems and components for various other vehicle applications in Mexico.
With a population of approximately 25 million people, Mexico City is the third-largest city in the world and currently operates more than 25,000 Nissan Tsurus to conduct government business throughout the city.