|Purolator series hybrid vans|
Purolator Courier, Canada’s largest courier company, is purchasing 115 new series hybrid-electric delivery vans from Azure Dynamics. This marks the largest hybrid order to date in the commercial delivery industry.
Azure Dynamics and Purolator signed a supply agreement in Sep 2003 for the replacement of up to 2,000 conventional vehicles with Azure-powered hybrid-electric vehicle technology.
The order now placed by Purolator represents the first commercial production vehicles to be produced by Azure under that agreement and comes after a period of extensive pre-production testing by both Purolator and Azure of Purolator vans outfitted with Azure powertrain technology. (Earlier post.)
The Purolator hybrids are based on Azure’s G1 series-hybrid powertrain, which is designed for vehicles up to 15,000 pounds gross weight.
The initial Purolator vans are diesel hybrids, based on a GEP 6.5-liter diesel, but Azure has also developed a gasoline series hybrid version of the Purolator van using a GM Vortec 4.8-liter gasoline engine and is completing testing and vehicle controls development on that version.
Azure Dynamics is using a 336V NiMH battery system from Cobasys as the energy storage. (Earlier post.)
The G1 delivers 85 kW continuous, 90 kW peak power, and 450 Nm of torque. The vans have a peak speed of 65 mph, and an all-electric range of 2.5 miles.
In Purolator’s testing, emissions dropped by a minimum of 50% while fuel consumption was reduced by approximately 50% compared to conventional delivery vehicles.