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CD-adapco Eases Battery Pack Design

July 29, 2014 in Electric Drive, EVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Advanced Lithium-Ion Battery Simulation Tools Available

Detroit-based CD-adapco is promoting methodology making it easier to design lithium ion battery packs, thereby “enabling faster design and development of advanced electric drive vehicle power systems.”

XL Hybrids Shows Pepsi Van

May 17, 2014 in ACT Expo 2014, batteries, Electric Drive, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Also Displays Lithium Ion Battery from Johnson Controls

Massachusetts-based XL Hybrids, which has promoted such major fleet customers as FedEx and Coca-Cola for its hybrid retrofits, and recently said its customers had logged more than a million miles of hybrid operation, showed a Chevrolet Express 2500 cargo van in Pepsi colors at ACT Expo 2104.

XL Hybrids Via Leggett & Platt

February 28, 2013 in Electric Drive, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Partnership to Be Emphasized at the Work Truck Show

Massachusetts-based XL Hybrids, which has developed kits to convert Class 1 to 3 commercial vans to hybrid electric operations for about $8,000, has disclosed an installation partnership and distribution agreement with Leggett & Platt.

First Odyne-Drive Kenworth Trucks

April 27, 2012 in EVs, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Odyne Hybrid Systems is talking up placement of large four bucket trucks by its parent Dueco, Inc. with plug-in hybrid electric vehicle drivetrains by Odyne.

The T370 vehicles are the first Kenworths to be deployed with the PHEV system, Odyne says.

The trucks for Milwaukee County were displayed at Rainbow Park in West Allis, Wisc. on April 20.

Azure Dynamics Files for Bankruptcy

March 28, 2012 in Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids by rich  |  No Comments

item updated late March 29

‘We Can Come Back Stronger’

Citing tight finances, government demands for further information related to a planned stock offering, and a lack of time, Azure Dynamics (Toronto:AZD) gave word March 26 that it’s asked for protection from creditors via the Supreme Court of British Columbia under Canada’s Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act. Azure said too that it will file “a voluntary petition under Chapter 15 of title 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code to seek recognition and enforcement in the United States of the Initial Order requested in the CCAA proceedings.”

The stock offering has been be abandoned.

A pure battery electric Transit Connect with drivetrain by Azure Dynamics was among the alt fuel vehicles shown by Ford at this year's Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

A pure battery electric Transit Connect with drivetrain by Azure Dynamics was among the alt fuel vehicles shown by Ford at this year’s Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Azure has laid off approximately 120 of 160 workers and has closed down operations in Michigan, Boston and the UK.

“We had to retreat back to British Columbia,” says marketing VP Mike Elwood, “and begin the process of restructuring.” Azure will do so, he told F&F, with a team of about 30.

“We’re going to be lean,” he says. All of the firm’s core engineers, Elwood adds, have been retained.

Production meanwhile has ceased, including the battery electric Transit Connect by AM General and Balance hybrids by Utilimaster. Other major creditors include Ford, Johnson Controls, and Britain’s Lotus.

Future projects, like the planned development of plug-in hybrid electric versions of Ford trucks, are for now in limbo.

‘We Need to Get the Ship Turned’

“We’re not going to abandon anything, but we need to get the ship turned,” Elwood says.

He insists that he’s optimistic, that Azure’s failure to secure approval for the new stock offering forced a move that might well have been necessary anyway.

“We can come back stronger than we were before,” he says, and “grow the business in proportion to sales.”

“The decision to abandon the offering and commence CCAA proceedings comes after several weeks of formal and informal communications with staff of the Ontario Securities Commission,” Azure CEO Scott Harrison said in a release. Azure said that OSC indicated it would not approve the offering, despite the inclusion of detailed risk factor information in the proposed prospectus language.

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Odyne Work Trucks for Wisconsin

February 10, 2012 in Fleet Order, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Waukesha, Wisc.-based Odyne Systems reports delivery of seven trucks with its plug-in hybrid propulsion system to utilities and municipalities in Wisconsin, noting that the vehicle buys were supported by the Wisconsin Clean Transportation Program jointly administered through the Wisconsin State Energy Office and the U.S. Department of Energy Wisconsin Clean Cities.

Odyne Digger Derrick for ComEd

January 28, 2012 in Fleet Order, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Chicago-based ComEd has taken delivery of the first digger derrick with Odyne plug-in hybrid propulsion system “that will lower fuel costs up to 50%, reduce emissions and help create a quiet, safe working environment with good work site communications,” Odyne said Saturday.

Azure in the UK & Norway

January 2, 2012 in EVs, Fleet Order by rich  |  No Comments

GE Helping UK Fleets Try Battery Transit Van
As RøhneSelmer Targets 400 Units Per Year

Pure battery Transit Connect Electric vans will be tested by fleets via GE Capital in England, where Azure Dynamics produces the vehicles in league with Lotus.

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