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Variable Torque Targets Trucks in 2012

February 23, 2012 in Hybrids by rich  |  No Comments

Indiana’s Variable Torque Motors is targeting trucks with its hybrid electric driveshaft retrofits, which until today have been sold mostly for buses.
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San Francisco: ‘Greenest Taxi City in America,’ with Hybrids Since 2004

February 5, 2012 in CNG, Hybrids by rich  |  No Comments

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and his predecessor Gavin Newsom (now state Lieutenant Governor) will honor local taxi operators Wednesday for being making San Francisco the ‘Greenest Taxi City in America.’

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and his predecessor Gavin Newsom (now state Lieutenant Governor) will honor local taxi operators Wednesday for being making San Francisco the ‘Greenest Taxi City in America.’

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and his predecessor Gavin Newsom (now California Lieutenant Governor) will honor local taxi operators Wednesday for being making San Francisco the “Greenest Taxi City in America’ on the morning of Wednesday, February 8.
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Azure Delivers 1,000th Balance, to Purolator

January 14, 2012 in Uncategorized by rich  |  No Comments

Azure Dynamics has delivered the 1,000th Balance hybrid electric, to Purolator Courier, its largest customer, which has 555 of them.

Azure Dynamics has delivered the 1,000th Balance hybrid electric, to Purolator Courier, its largest customer, which has 555 of them.

Azure Dynamics (TSX:Toronto) has delivered its 1,000th Balance hybrid electric, to Purolator Courier, its largest customer, which now has 555 of the parallel drive vehicles.

The 1,000th Balance truck represents Purolator’s 200th received in 2011, as part of a 600-unit order to be delivered over a three-year period. Purolator currently operates 555 of the trucks, out of a total fleet of some 3,500 vehicles. An additional 200 units is slated for delivery this year, and another 200 in 2013, Azure says, subject to annual authorizations.

“Working alongside Azure Dynamics has helped Purolator to consistently deliver industry leading on-time service and reliability to our customers in a sustainable manner,” Purolator president and CEO Tom Schmitt says in a Azure release. In 2005, Purolator was the first express transportation company in Canada to introduce hybrid electric vehicles, Azure says.

The Balance hybrids for Purolator are integrated by Azure on a Ford E-450 chassis with a Ford 5.4-liter gasoline engine. The hybrid electric drive features engine-off at idle and below 20 miles per hour, and electronically supports key ancillary functions like power steering and braking. It “is ideally suited for commercial activity in urban environments,” Azure says.

Azure says it’s the world’s leading provider of hybrid electric powertrain solutions in the Class 2c-5 medium-duty commercial hybrid truck sector, with a market share of approximately 50%.

Hitachi Magnets in China Grove, N.C.

January 5, 2012 in Electric Drive, EVs by rich  |  No Comments

Reacting to “forecasts of a new spike in neodymium magnet demand,” Japan’s Hitachi Metals says it will begin construction next month of a new plant to produce neodymium magnets for hybrid and electric vehicles in China Grove, N.C.
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