Ford F-Series Super-Duty Trucks to Get PHEV Tech from Azure

Ford and Azure Dynamics Corporation will join forces once again in a partnership that will see the plug-in hybrid (“PHEV”) technology introduced across the Ford F-Series Super Duty product line. Initially, Azure’s PHEV technology will be fitted onto the F-550, which is set to become available in early 2013.

According to Ford, 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.

In addition, the Super Duty program will allow Azure to further expand its product line-up in its targeted medium duty commercial truck segment.

“We are extremely pleased to expand our relationship with Ford and launch our PHEV technology on the F-Series Super Duty platform, which is the largest and most successful cab and chassis brand in North America,”
said Scott Harrison, Azure’s CEO.  “This is an ideal outcome for Azure and our customers.”  

This is not the first time the two companies work together, as Azure also helped Ford bring the Transit Connect Electric to market in 2009, 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.

Prior to the Transit Connect Electric development, Azure and Ford collaborated  on the E-450 cutaway and strip chassis to create the Balance Hybrid Electric, a truck or shuttle that achieves up to 40% fuel improvement while reducing emissions and maintenance costs by up to 30% each.
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