F-Series will be next joint venture
Canadian Automotive Review: SEPTEMBER 2011
Azure Dynamics will integrate its proprietary plug-in hybrid (PHEV) technology into the Ford F-Series Super Duty product line.
In collaboration with Ford, Azure’s plug-in hybrid technology will be initially integrated on Ford’s F-Series Super Duty cab and chassis, the F-550, which is expected to be available in early 2013.
The agreement also allows Azure to perform hybrid powertrain conversions on other Super Duty platforms including F-350 and F-450 models and spans all engine, frame-length and regular production options and configurations. The Super Duty program will allow Azure to further expand its product lineup in its targeted medium-duty commercial truck segment.
The Azure/Ford agreement will allow Azure to place vehicles in the Ford transportation system and lets qualified Ford Commercial Truck dealerships sell and service the product in key markets in North America.
With more than a 50 percent market share, the Ford F-Series Super Duty is the most established cab and chassis brand in the North American market.
The Super Duty offers several diesel and gasoline engine options and a variety of cab, bed and accessories options.
Azure and Ford teamed up in 2009 to bring the innovative Transit Connect Electric to market in just 13 months after the program was first announced. The new PHEV F-Series program further expands the Azure/Ford business relationship which, in addition to the Transit Connect Electric, also markets the E-450 Balance Hybrid Electric Step Van and Shuttle Bus.