Azure Dynamics Corporation has signed three additional Sales & Service agreements with Ford dealerships for its Balance Hybrid-Electric Vehicle: Valley Ford Trucks in Cleveland, Ohio; East Bay Ford Trucks in Oakland, California and Mission Valley Ford Trucks in San Jose, California.
The agreements are part of the company’s plan to sign approximately 50 dealers over the next year in major metro markets in the United States and Canada to broaden its distribution network for the E450-based hybrid.
Azure signed up its first dealer, Palmetto Truck Center, at the end of June. (Earlier post.)
The three new dealerships will maintain inventory of ready-to-deliver Cube Vans and Walk in Vans equipped with Azure’s Balance Hybrid Electric powertrains.
The Balance Hybrid Electric system is integrated on Ford’s E450 Cutaway and Strip Chassis drive system utilizing a conventional 5.4-liter Triton gasoline engine and the 5- speed automatic TorqShift transmission. The hybrid powertrain features electric-launch assist, engine-off at idle and regenerative braking improving the vehicle’s fuel economy by up to 40%, reducing maintenance cost by up to 30 percent and minimizing greenhouse gas emissions.