Purolator Courier Ltd. recently ordered an additional 200 Balance Hybrid Electric delivery trucks from Azure Dynamics. The 200 unit purchase is Azure’s largest revenue order to date and also the highest volume Balance Hybrid Electric order since the product launched in the summer of 2008.
The new trucks join 205 other Azure trucks already at work in Purolator’s fleet. The trucks will be delivered in 2010.
The Azure Balance Hybrid Electric vehicles ordered by Purolator are integrated on a Ford E450 chassis. The hybrid electric drive train, with attributes such as engine-off at idle and below 20 miles per hour, while electronically supporting key ancillary functions like power steering and braking, is suited for commercial activity in urban environments.
The drive train, with a Ford 5.4L gasoline engine, can improve fuel economy by up to 40%, while reducing carbon emissions by up to 30% in city conditions. The drive train also offers a significant reduction in maintenance costs versus conventionally equipped competitors.