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Azure Dynamics Reports Sales of 16 More Balance Hybrid Electric Vans and Buses

Azure Dynamics Corporation, which partners with Ford commercial truck dealerships across North America to market its hybrid technology to fleet operators, reports sales of 16 additional Balance Hybrid Electric vans and buses. With the addition of these sales, the Balance Hybrid Electric has sales penetration into 19 US states plus the District of Columbia.

  • 5 Balance Hybrid Electric delivery vans to Domestic Uniform Rental, to be deployed in California. Azure technology has been approved by the California Hybrid Voucher Incentive Program (HVIP) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and can qualify for a total cash incentive of up to $30,000 on the first purchase and $25,000 on additional units. Morgan Olson will produce the bodies for these buses which were sold through Santa Margarita Ford, in California.

  • 3 Balance Hybrid Electric shuttle buses to the City of Paducah, Kentucky. These sales result from an existing contract with the State of Kentucky that was first announced by Azure in August, 2009. The contract was awarded to National Bus Sales and Leasing, Inc of Marietta, GA with Goshen Coach shuttle bus bodies and Azure Balance(TM) technology. The Kentucky contract bid was for a maximum of 50 vehicles with the sales to the City of Paducah representing 13 total orders consumed to date.

  • 1 bus to the City of Charlevoix, Mi as part of a contract award from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) that was announced in September, 2009. Like many bid contracts, MDOT required a pilot unit to be built to contract specifications for review. The Charlevoix unit serves as that pilot and paves the way for additional orders to be realized from the contract that allows for up to 50 total buses. The MDOT contract was sourced through Midwest Transit Equipment, in Kankakee, Illinois utilizing StarTrans bodies.

  • 1 Balance bus to Bay Area Rural Transit in Ashland, Wisconsin. The bus was sold by Atlas Bus Sales, Inc. from a Wisconsin Department of Transportation contract and utilizes a StarTrans bus body.

  • 2 buses to the City of Littleton, Colorado through Intermountain Coach in Colorado Springs. Intermountain had recently sold its first two Azure products to municipalities in Wyoming and shortly thereafter completed the contract with Littleton. Sales to Wyoming and Colorado showcase that Azure products are not only going to busy urban centers, but are also being adopted in more rural locations that value air quality and fuel efficiency. Goshen Coach, of Elkhart, Indiana will supply the bodies for the Littleton purchases.

  • The Cities of Tarrytown and Hastings, New York both purchased a bus as a result of the CALSTART contract announced in July, 2009. This is the fourth and fifth sale realized from the contract with StarTrans Bus and Azure that is administered by the Hybrid Truck Users Forum’s (HTUF) Small Hybrid Bus Working Group. The buses have 23-foot StarTrans bodies with a passenger capacity of up to 14 riders and up to two wheelchair positions.

  • One cube van was sold to the University of British Columbia via Freedom Ford Sales in Edmonton, Alberta and International Truck Body in Surrey, BC.

  • North Central Bus Sales in St. Cloud, MN recently sold a Balance(TM) Hybrid Electric product to a regional transit authority.

Azure’s Balance Hybrid Electric drive system is the result of its collaborative effort with Ford Motor Company to offer an alternative energy drive train solution integrated on the market leading Ford E-450 chassis. The Balance Hybrid Electric drive system manages the conventional 5.4 liter Triton gasoline engine and the 5-speed automatic TorqShift transmission to produce a cleaner, more fuel efficient vehicle at an affordable cost.


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