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.