Azure Dynamics Corporation, a company that develops electric and hybrid powertrains for the commercial truck market, announced that the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) has ordered 18 Balance Hybrid Electric shuttle busses.
The vehicles will be include in five different rural transit systems primarily in the North Central Texas (Dallas Fort Worth) area. Azure teamed-up with StarTrans Bus ans Lasseter Bus and Mobility to offer the vehicles.
"The 18 unit NCTCOG pilot program puts our product in the hands of five new end users which have all demonstrated their interest in cleaner transportation solutions," said Jay Sandler, Azure Dynamics' Vice President of Sales. "Our Balance(TM) Hybrid Electric drivetrain will deliver the environmental benefits that the customers want and that the communities deserve, and our up to 40% fuel economy improvement and reduced maintenance costs are extremely attractive ancillary benefits."
"The combination of access to government funding support and significant economic and environmental benefits has increased the call for green transportation solutions at our dealership," said Jason Roy, Commercial Bus Sales Manager at Lasseter Bus.
The shuttle busses use a Ford e450 chassis and have a powertrain that includes a 5.4 liter gasoline engine and a five-speed automatic Torqshift transmission. The vehicles use fuel-saving technologies, such as a stop-start system and regenerative braking. The shuttle bus bodies feature lifts for 10 ambulatory passengers plus two wheelchair passengers or 14 ambulatory passengers.