Ford and Azure Dynamics introduce Transit Connect Electric passenger wagon

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Ford Motor Company and Azure Dynamics Corporation are introducing a passenger wagon version of the Ford Transit Connect Electric. The wagon is a logical next step for Azure and Ford which first introduced an electrified Transit Connect in December 2010. To create the Transit Connect Electric wagon, Azure integrates its Force Drive electric powertrain into the Ford Transit Connect XLT Premium Wagon.

Azure Dynamics announces 45 Transit Connect Electric sales

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Azure Dynamics Corporation announced 45 new Ford Transit Connect Electric sales, including 20 units in Europe and 25 units in North America, which includes six initial units through the General Services Administration (GSA) via Northside Ford in San Antonio, TX, a four-unit order from Verizon and a four-unit order from an internet company.

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Azure Dynamics announces sales of 29 Transit Connect Electrics

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Azure Dynamics Corporation announced 29 new Ford Transit Connect Electric sales, including 8 units in Europe and 21 units in North America, which includes a 3-unit reorder from Johnson Controls, Inc. The Transit Connect Electric utilizes a lithium-ion battery pack from Johnson Controls to achieve a range of 50 to 80 miles depending on auxiliary usage and drive cycle and is rechargeable using either a 240-volt or standard 120-volt outlet.

ATT Becomes Lead Customer for Ford Transit Connect Electric Vans

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Azure Dynamics Corporation announced that AT&T has agreed to purchase two of the first Ford Transit Connect Electric vans. Azure, which provides and integrates the electric powertrain into the Transit glider provided by Ford, is responsible for the sales of the vehicle—an arrangement similar to that for the production and sales of the Balance hybrid.). AT&T plans to take delivery of the Transit Connect Electric in late 2010.

Canada Post Buying 10 Ford Transit Connect Electric Vans

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Azure Dynamics Corporation and Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited, will deliver one of the first Transit Connect Electric commercial vans to Canada Post under the LEAD customer program. Canada Post will receive one of the Ford Transit Connect Electric delivery vehicles by the end of this year and has committed to the purchase of nine more by end of 2011.

Azure Dynamics receives orders for 27 Transit Connect Electric vans

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Azure Dynamics Corporation announced 27 Ford Transit Connect Electric van sales, including a five-unit sale to returning customer FedEx Express, a four-unit sale to the City of Toronto, a three-unit sale to DTE Energy, one of Michigan’s largest energy suppliers, and 15 unit sales to various Ford commercial truck dealers.

Azure Dynamics and RøhneSelmer target up to 400 Transit Connect Electric sales annually in Norway

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Azure Dynamics Corporation and RøhneSelmer AS signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) to enter into an agreement whereby RøhneSelmer will import and distribute up to 400 Ford Transit Connect Electric vans annually. In March, 2011, RøhneSelmer supported Azure’s inaugural European Transit Connect Electric sale of 58 vans, including 20 vans to Post Norway (Posten Norge AS) via its five locations in and around Norway and in August, 2011, placed an order for 100 additional vans.

RøhneSelmer in Norway places early repeat order for 100 more Transit Connect Electric vans

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Azure Dynamics Corporation announced that its Norwegian Ford dealership, RøhneSelmer, has signed an order for an additional 100 Transit Connect Electric vans. We sold 50 Transit Connect Electric vans before the first unit was delivered to us and we’re confident we’ll sell many, many more the remainder of this year and beyond. Transit Connect Electric can be recharged using standard European 220-volt outlets in approximately eight hours.

Azure Dynamics selects Lotus for assembly support for Transit Connect Electric

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Azure Dynamics Corporation has selected Lotus Lightweight Structures, a division of Group Lotus plc, to provide assembly support for the Transit Connect Electric for the European market. Lotus Lightweight Structures will be responsible for upfitting Azure’s patented ForceDrive battery electric powertrain into Ford Transit Connect gliders from its facility in Worcester, UK, beginning in June 2011.

Ford and Azure Dynamics to Collaborate on Transit Connect Electric for Europe

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Ford Motor Company and Azure Dynamics Corporation have signed a collaborative agreement to begin delivering a pure battery electric version of the Ford Transit Connect van to customers in Europe beginning in late summer 2011. Azure will integrate its Force Drive battery electric drive train into Transit Connect vehicles in Europe to support the sale of the zero-emission battery-electric models in selected markets.

Xcel Energy and Customer Coalition To Be Among First Users of Electric Transit Connect

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Xcel Energy and a coalition of its customers have been selected to be among the first in the country to receive the all-electric Ford Transit Connect Electric commercial van. Ford Transit Connect Electric is a collaborative effort between Ford Motor Company and Azure. Xcel Energy, a major US electricity and natural gas company, will add two of the 13 vans into its corporate fleet.

New York Power Authority Becomes Transit Connect Electric LEAD Customer with 10-Unit Order

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Azure Dynamics Corporation and Ford Motor Company announced that New York Power Authority (NYPA), the nation’s largest state public power organization, has been added to the LEAD customer program for the Ford Transit Connect Electric van. To create the Transit Connect Electric, Azure integrates its Force Drive electric powertrain into the Ford Transit Connect.

Azure Dynamics Selects AM General for Ford Transit Connect Electric Upfitting

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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.

Transit Connect Electric receives GSA contract award; estimated value more than $112M

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Azure Dynamics Corporation announced that the Transit Connect Electric ( earlier post ), the result of a collaborative effort between Azure and Ford Motor Company, has received a GSA Contract Award allowing US government agencies, affiliated companies and military installations to purchase the all-electric van. Transit Connect Electric will be available through GSA beginning this month for immediate ordering.

Ford Transit Connect Electric sales off to a flier

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The Ford Transit Connect Electric vehicle is enjoying early sales success through its provider Azure Dynamics Corporation. The Ford Transit Connect Electric uses a lithium-ion [.]. Electric cars Ford Green cars Latest news Azure Dynamics electric vans Ford Transit Connect Electric Ford Transit Connect Electric sales

Azure Dynamics Selects Johnson Controls-Saft for Transit Connect Battery Electric Vehicle

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Azure Dynamics Corporation has selected Johnson Controls-Saft (JCS) as the battery supplier for Azure’s Force Drive integration on the Ford Transit Connect Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV). North American distribution for the battery electric Transit Connect van is targeted to begin in late 2010. The Transit Connect BEV will use the same battery technology that is currently deployed in the Ford Escape plug-in demonstration fleet.

Ford and Smith Terminate Partnership on Electric Transit Connect Project for US; Ford Now Partnering with Azure Dynamics to Deliver the Vehicle in 2010; Smith Partnering with AM General on Electric Vans for USPS

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Ford Motor Company and Smith Electric Vehicles US (SEV US) have mutually agreed to terminate the development project of an electric car-derived van based on Transit Connect. Tanfield remains Ford of Europe’s official collaborator on commercial electric vehicles, initially focused solely on the Ford Transit platform, which is marketed as the Smith Edison. The Transit Connect BEV will come to market at an ideal time to meet this growing trend.

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First Transit Connect EVs to go to AT&T

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Most of the first electric vehicles to take to the streets will likely be in the hands of corporations for use as fleet vehicles. Electric vehicles are likely to see a gradual roll out over the next few years. We have already witness this trend with many current electric vehicles that are not yet available to the public. AT&T is following

Ford Transit Electric gets passenger wagon treatment

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The Ford Transit Connect Electric has been making its mark on corporate fleets in the USA since December 2010 – and now a passenger wagon version of the vehicle is set to be introduced. Ford has teamed up with Azure Dynamics Corporation to create the Transit Connect Electric wagon, which places the Azure Force Drive [.].

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Smith Electric Vehicles US Corporation to Assemble Zero-Emission Commercial Trucks in North America

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Smith Electric Vehicles US Corporation (SEV US Corp) ( earlier post ), a Delaware corporation temporarily headquartered in Overland Park, Kan., Through its UK partner, The Tanfield Group Plc, SEV US Corp is working with Ford Motor Company to electrify the Ford Transit Connect as a BEV (battery electric vehicle) light-duty van scheduled for production in 2010.

Ford Transit Electric sales continue to thrive

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Sales of the Ford Transit Connect have continued at a rapid pace after Azure Dynamics Corporation announced 45 new sales. Electric cars Ford Green cars Latest news Azure Dynamics Ford Transit Connect Electric green carsIt has revealed that it will send 20 units to Europe; and 25 to North America. The latter order will include six units through the General Services Administration in San Antonio, Texas; as well as [.].

Ford Transit Electric is in demand

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The Ford Transit Connect Electric van may not be widely available just yet, but it is already proving a hit. The Azure Dynamics Corporation has announced 27 sales of the vehicle, including a five-unit sale to returning customer FedEx Express, a four-unit sale to the city of Toronto, and a three-unit sale to DTE Energy [.]. Electric cars Ford Green cars Latest news electric vans Ford Transit Connect Electric Ford Transit Electric

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Ford Transit Electric van moves a step closer

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Anyone hoping to get behind the wheel of a Ford Transit Electric has been boosted by the news that Ford has now signed a collaborative agreement with Azure Dynamics Corporation to bring the vehicle to Europe. The aim is to deliver a pure battery electric version of the Ford Transit Connect by late summer 2011 with [.].

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Ford and Smith scrap electric Transit plans

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In a surprising decision, Ford Motor Company and Smith Electric Vehicles US have agreed to terminate the development project of an electric car-derived van that would have been based on the Transit Connect. The UK-based Tanfield Group, Smith Electric Vehicles US’s parent company, announced that due to growing demand for its production ready Smith Newton, the forecast volumes for the electric Transit Connect did not in the short- to medium-term justify the investment required.

Azure Dynamics signs HEV/EV sales/service agreements with 76 additional dealerships

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Azure Dynamics Corporation has signed agreements with 76 additional dealerships to represent Azure’s products including the Transit Connect Electric and the Balance Hybrid Electric in key markets across North America. Many of the new dealerships will maintain an inventory of ready-to-deliver Ford Transit Connect Electric vans and/or Balance Hybrid Electric cube vans and walk-in vans.

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Altech-Eco receives ARB certification for dedicated 2014 F-250/350 6.2L CNG conversion system

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Altech-Eco Corporation has obtained Executive Order (E.O.) Also available from Altech-Eco is the EPA-certified CNG systems for the 2014/2015 F-250/350 6.2L, 2014/2015 Transit Connect 2.5L certification from the California Air Resources Board (ARB) for the compressed natural gas (CNG) Dedicated conversion system for the 2014 Ford 6.2L V8 F-250/350 pickups with Ford-supplied CNG gaseous prepped engine.

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FedEx Express doubles and diversifies all-electric fleet with 24 new units; adding more than 4,000 new, fuel-efficient vehicles in total

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In all, FedEx will add into service 15 Navistar eStar ( earlier post ) electric vehicles, two Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) eCell electric vehicles and two FCCC electric vehicle retrofits ( earlier post ), and five Ford Transit Connect Electric vans ( earlier post ) to complement the current 19 all-electric vehicles deployed in Los Angeles, London and Paris. FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. is adding more than 4,000 new, fuel efficient vehicle.

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Azure Dynamics to begin integrating plug-in hybrid technology in Ford F-Series Super-Duty Trucks; F-550 is first in 2013

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Azure Dynamics Corporation has entered an agreement with Ford Motor Company whereby Azure will integrate its proprietary plug-in hybrid (PHEV) technology into the Ford F-Series Super Duty product line. Azure and Ford teamed up in 2009 to bring the Transit Connect Electric to market in just 13 months after the program was first announced.

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Johnson Controls Makes Strategic Investment in Azure Dynamics

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Both are currently involved in the production of the Ford electric Transit Connect. Azure plans to use the net proceeds to fund its ongoing product development and commercialization efforts as well as for general corporate purposes. Johnson Controls has made a strategic investment in Azure Dynamics, the result of which will give the company a 3.4% stake in the developer and production of hybrid electric and electric components and powertrain systems for commercial vehicles.

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Eneco Purchases 50 Smith Electric Vans

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The Dutch energy company Eneco has signed contracts for the purchase of 50 Smith Ampere electric commercial vans, the electric version of the Ford Transit Connect, to be delivered in 2009 and 2010. Eneco last week announced a tender for 300 commercial vans as part of the large scale tender for electric vehicles by the Urgenda Foundation, together with front runners from the corporate and government sectors.

Smith Electric Vehicles US Partners with Clean Fuels Ohio Program To Target $10M in Federal Funding

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Smith Electric Vehicles US Corporation (SEV-US) and the Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research are participating in the Ohio Electric Drive Initiative as major program partners. Through its US partner, The Tanfield Group Plc, SEV US Corp is also working with Ford Motor Company to electrify the Ford Transit Connect as a battery electric vehicle light-duty van scheduled for production in 2010.

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Smith Electric Vehicles US Selects Kansas City for Electric Truck Assembly Plant; Newton Model to Be First

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Smith Electric Vehicles US Corporation ( SEV US ) has selected Kansas City as the site for its US assembly plant. Through its UK partner, The Tanfield Group Plc, SEV US Corp is also working with Ford Motor Company to electrify the Ford Transit Connect as a BEV (battery electric vehicle) light-duty van scheduled for production in 2010. The SEV US Newton. Click to enlarge.

Azure Dynamics files for protection under CCAA for restructuring; abandons planned equity offering

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After being informed by the staff of the Ontario Securities Commission that it would not sign off on the prospectus for a previously announced share offering, Canada-based Azure Dynamics Corporation, a developer and producer of hybrid-electric and electric components and powertrain systems for commercial vehicles, is filing for protection under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA).

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Smith Electric Vehicles, Altec and PGE Partner on All-Electric Utility Truck

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Smith Electric Vehicles US Corporation (SEVUS) and Altec Industries Inc. Using proprietary technologies transferred from the Tanfield Group Plc, SEVUS will assemble and manufacture the Transit Connect as a BEV (battery electric vehicle) light-duty van scheduled for production in 2010. have developed an all-electric utility truck with an aerial device.

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New York City adding 70 electric vehicles to fleet; launches EV educational push

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New York City is adding 70 electric vehicles to its fleet: 50 new Chevrolet Volts, 10 fully electric Ford Transit Connect cargo vans, and 10 new fully electric Navistar E-star utility trucks. The NYPD already uses electric scooters and electric powered golf carts on boardwalks, in parks and some transit hubs. Mayor Bloomberg announces the addition of 70 new electric vehicles. Chevy Volt and Navistar E-star are visible in the background. Click to enlarge.

Ford Teams with University of Detroit Mercy to Retrain Its Engineers for Electric Vehicle Era

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The vehicles include: Transit Connect battery electric commercial van in 2010. Engineers in this program will select five of the seven newly created courses that are designed by competency teams of Ford and UDM experts to deploy the most current technology, strategies, methods and tools emerging from universities, corporations and national laboratories.

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President Obama Announces 48 Projects to Receive $2.4B in Grants for Next-Generation of Batteries and Electric Vehicles; To be Combined with $2.4B in Industry Cost-Share

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400 million in grants to purchase thousands of plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles for test demonstrations in several dozen locations; to deploy them and evaluate their performance; to install electric charging infrastructure; and to provide education and workforce training to support the transition to advanced electric transportation systems. General Motors Corporation. General Motors Corporation. KEMET Corporation.

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Smith Electric Vehicles support London bus fleet

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The Smith Edison is a pure electric version of the Ford Transit van. Smith is Ford of Europe’s official collaborator for battery electric versions of the Ford Transit and Transit Connect vans. In North America, Ford has also chosen Smith Electric Vehicles US Corporation (SEV US Corp) to produce a battery electric version of the Ford Transit Connect, to go on sale through Ford dealers in 2010.

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