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Azure Dynamics Corporation announced that AM General LLC will collaborate in producing the Transit Connect Electric.

In this role, AM General, a long-established contract vehicle manufacturer and services provider, will be responsible for final assembly of the Transit Connect Electric for the North American market from its Engineering and Product Development Center in Livonia, Michigan. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) provided Azure Dynamics with incentive funding to encourage the selection of a Michigan-based partner. Further MEDC High Technology Mega Tax credits may be available based on specific job creation criteria.

AM General will receive Transit Connect gliders from the Ford manufacturing location in Turkey, and Force Drive electric components from Azure and supplier facilities in North America. The current production plan includes an initial quantity of vehicles to be built in late 2010 with full production scheduled to begin in April 2011.

Transit Connect Electric is powered by a lithium-ion battery pack and is among the first fully electric vehicles available to the commercial market. The Transit Connect Electric’s appearance will be identical to the standard Transit Connect vehicle other than inclusion of Azure’s Force Drive badge on the rear of the vehicle and information provided on the instrument cluster.

Comments

HarveyD

It is encouraging to see three large manufacturers cooperate to market what could be an excellent and very useful electrified service vehicle.

SJC

I think AM General made the original military Hummer, so seeing them make this product is encouraging. Azure does not have the volume finally assembly capacity so this is a good business deal for both.

"AM General will receive Transit Connect gliders from the Ford manufacturing location in Turkey"

"Glider" is an interesting term and I would like to see more car manufacturers make these available to innovators. Not all development needs to be done in house.

Engineer-Poet

"Glider" is a standard term for a rolling assembly sans drivetrain.

I find it interesting that the gliders are made in Turkey. This is one of the most "international" vehicles I've ever heard of.

SJC

It makes me wonder why Ford builds in Turkey. My guess is either they have a large local demand or the government made them a great deal.

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