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Norwegian Post Becomes Customer for Ford Transit Electric in Europe

OSLO, March 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/

Ford Motor Company and Dynamics announce that Post becomes the first customer of the Ford Transit Electric with order of 20

The all-electric, zero-emission Ford Connect Electric van has a targeted of up to 130 km (80 miles) per full charge, and is for fleet owners with routes

Transit Connect is the first of five new electrified Ford is bringing to market in by 2013, including the Ford Electric debuting next

Ford (NYSE: F ) and Azure Corporation (TSX:AZD) have their first European for the zero-emission Ford Transit Electric van. Norwegian today signed a contract to 20 Transit Connect Electric with an option to order vehicles in the future. Norwegian is the largest provider of mail and services and the biggest employer in .

The Norwegian Post will be an leader in the mail and logistics by taking advantage of the latest available, said Dag Mejdell. Norwegian Post. In signing a for delivery of the new Ford Transit Electric, the Norwegian Post is an important step towards its of reducing 150.000 tonnes of CO2

Ford and Azure are introducing the Connect Electric in summer as increasing numbers of fleet are demanding the benefits of efficient, alternative power for their

With 28 kWh of power to call on, Connect Electric has a top speed of 120 (75 mph) and a range of up to 130 km (80 miles) on a charge.

Transit Connect was designed and engineered with like Norwegian Post in said Scott Harrison. CEO. The ForceDrive powertrain under the types of urban conditions that the Transit Electric is likely to encounter postal delivery routes. honoured to have Norwegian as our inaugural customer in Europe and are to help them achieve the operational and performance goals they seek.

Ford’s Electric vehicle plan

The Transit Connect Electric first all-electric vehicle in is the first of five electrified that Ford plans to in Europe by 2013. Next the Ford Focus Electric in followed by the C-MAX Hybrid and Energi plug-in hybrid, as as another hybrid electric in 2013.

By providing a variety of vehicles, we are making it easier for our to embrace this fuel-saving said Thormod Skofsrud, director, Ford Norway. strategy is true to our heritage of innovative technology available to as people as possible and to our vision of great products.

Practical and

Transit Connect Electric offer European operators the to eliminate petrol bills in small vans and help to overall maintenance and running

Ford’s Transit Connect platform is an ideal choice for electric power thanks to its combination of car-like driving generous cargo capacity, accessibility and low operation costs.

With a cargo volume 3.8 m3 and a of 500 kg, Transit Connect Electric particularly appeal to operators who predictable, short-range routes frequent stop and go driving. Connect Electric can be recharged standard European 220/240-volt in approximately eight hours. van users generally return to a location at the end of a driving cycle for recharging over night.


The Transit Connect is a pure electric-powered version of the long-wheelbase Transit Connect commercial vehicle. Azure’s Force Drive powertrain an advanced lithium ion battery designed by Johnson Controls-Saft to the vehicle that produces tailpipe emissions.

Azure’s powertrain has previously been in more than 40 vehicle and has more than 35 million of on-the-road experience.

Tried and

The Transit Connect Electric on sale in European markets summer following its successful in North America in December .

‘Glider’ units — vehicles except for the powertrain are shipped from the Ford manufacturing facility in Kocaeli, directly to an Azure-contracted up-fitter for assembly. The completed Transit Electric vehicles are then by Azure Dynamics through a network of dealerships. The European Connect Electric will be with both the Ford Oval and Azure’s Force logo.

Transit Connect builds on an existing relationship Ford and Azure and battery Johnson Controls-Saft.

Transit Connect Electric how we are leveraging our relationships as well as our and advanced powertrain programs to energy-efficient technologies from the to the street, said Derrick Ford group vice Global Product Development. Not is this an ideal vehicle for fleet operators, it is an important of Ford’s future.

Transit Electric Technical data

assembly at Ford Otosan in Kocaeli, Turkey

Final by Azure Dynamics Corporation


Siemens AC induction Azure Dynamics inverter

transaxle, Johnson Controls-Saft pack

System voltage 260V 380V

Electric system

Motor Siemens 135, 3-phase AC induction 300V nominal, liquid-cooled

158 Nm (continuous) / 235 Nm (peak)

Transmission 31-03, single-speed

Gear 8.28:1

IEC 62196 type 1

Controls-Saft lithium-ion pack

28 kWh, 16 modules / (192

Voltage range 215V / charger 3.3 kW

Ford Transit Connect Electric

Weights and capacities

payload 500 kg

Curb weight kg (est.)

Cargo volume 3.8 m3

Driving range up to 130 km (80 miles) per charge

Charge time of 8 hours for full cycle 230 V

Top speed 120 km/h (75 mph)

0-100 km/h (0-60 in 12 seconds (based on kerb

0-100 km/h (0-60 in 15 seconds (based on gross weight rating)

About Ford Motor

Ford Motor Company, a automotive industry leader in Dearborn, Mich. manufactures or automobiles across six continents. about 164,000 employees and 70 plants worldwide, the company’s brands include Ford and The company provides financial through Ford Motor Company. For more information Ford’s products, please .

Ford of Europe is for producing, selling and servicing brand vehicles in 51 individual and employs approximately 66,000 In addition to Ford Motor Company, Ford of Europe include Ford Customer Division and 22 manufacturing facilities, joint ventures. The first cars were shipped to in 1903 the same year Motor Company was founded. production started in 1911.

Azure Dynamics

Azure Corporation (TSX: AZD)(OTC: is a world leader in the development and of hybrid electric and electric and powertrain systems for commercial Azure is strategically targeting the delivery vehicle and shuttle bus and is currently working internationally a variety of partners and customers. The is committed to providing customers and with innovative, cost-efficient, and energy management solutions. For information please visit .

Note: This information preliminary specifications and was correct at the of going to print. However, policy is one of continuous product The right is reserved to change details at any time.

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More particularly, this release contains statements Azure’s anticipated: business strategy, customer orders, deliveries, sales, revenue and growth. The forward-looking statements are on a number of key expectations and assumptions by Azure, including expectations and concerning achievement of current for development programs and sales, market acceptance of Azure’s current and new product performance, and cost of labor and expertise, and markets for power for transportation Although Azure believes the expectations and assumptions used to the forward-looking statements are reasonable, reliance should not be placed on the statements because Azure can no assurance that they prove to be correct.

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