Azure Dynamics Wins 10 Balance Hybrid Electric Sales to Kentucky Municipalities; Option for 40 Additional Buses
Azure Dynamics Corporation recently won orders for up to 50 Balance Hybrid Electric Shuttle Buses by Kentucky municipalities. Ten buses were ordered immediately by three separate Kentucky municipalities with an option for up to 40 additional buses.
The State of Kentucky, under direction of its Office of Transportation Delivery, is one of the first states to receive Federal Transit Administration (FTA) stimulus money aimed at providing fuel efficient and environmentally friendly transportation solutions. The stimulus funds were provided to members of the Kentucky Public Transit Association.
Under a competitive bid process a contract was awarded to National Bus Sales and Leasing, Inc. for the Azure Balance Hybrid Electric drivetrain on a Ford E450 chassis and shuttle bus bodies built by Goshen Coach.
The Azure vehicles are expected to be delivered by the beginning of September 2009. The City of Owensboro, via Audubon Area Community Services, will receive seven buses for its paratransit program. Two other vehicles will be used for Demand Response in the state capital of Frankfort. The final bus serves in a pilot program for the Rural Transportation Enterprise Council (RTEC).