“Azure's Balance Hybrid Electric drive system manages the conventional 5.4 litre Triton gasoline engine and the 5-speed automatic TorqShift transmission on the Ford E450 chassis to produce a cleaner, more fuel efficient vehicle at an affordable cost. The Cintas vans utilize a delivery body from Utilimaster in Wakarusa, Indiana,” stated the press release.
The 100 vehicles will be deployed in Sacramento, San Leandro and Ontario, California. Cintas will continue to evaluate further deployment of green fleet technology to additional locations in the U.S. and Canada. The company currently manages a fleet of over 10,000 vehicles and maintains an approximate 15 year lifecycle expectation for its vehicles.
"We're excited to be implementing this environmentally friendly solution for Cintas, and this order of 100 Azure Dynamics Balance Hybrid Electric vehicles is a significant first step in establishing our commitment to a greener fleet, and being socially responsible. In completing our due diligence, we selected Azure Dynamics hybrid electric system which combines with the Ford gasoline engine that is part of the current Cintas fleet. The engine-off-at-idle is also important feature of the hybrid electric to ensure reduction of vehicle emissions during the daily operation of our vehicles," said Dan Braun, Senior Vice President - Value Improvement Initiatives at Cintas.