Commercial Trucks To Be Powered By New Hybrid Technology!

Johnson Controls-Saft and Azure Dynamics Inc (AZD) will provide some of the world’s most advanced lithium-ion (Li-Ion) hybrid battery technology to power commercial vehicles in North America. The 5 year supply agreement shows development of a U.S. supply base which creates an infrastructure to develop and manufacture hybrid electric vehicles(HEV).

Todays HEV technology uses nickel metal hydride batteries. Lithium-ion offers a lighter, more powerful design with a longer life than most of today's technologies. It is seen as the technology of choice to power plug-in hybrid electric vehicles in the near future.

"All indicators point to continued growth in the hybrid electric vehicle commercial sector." -- Curt Huston, Azure COO.

The battery pack complements Azure’s production of electric components and powertrain systems for commercial vehicles. The lithium-ion battery solution offers a lighter, more powerful design with a longer life than most current technologies, enabling performance and emission improvements.

The 345-volt battery system will utilize advanced Li-Ion cell technology optimized for life, power, and reliability. The cell design was supported through a partnership with the United States Advanced Battery Consortium and the Department of Energy to develop advanced energy storage technology for electrified powertrain vehicles. The robust battery pack is designed to mount under the vehicle body and can withstand road debris and water spray and submersion. The company’s vehicles are in operation for major fleet customers like AT&T, Con Edison, FedEx Express and Purolator Couriers.

“All indicators point to continued growth in the hybrid electric vehicle commercial sector,” said Curt Huston, Azure’s Chief Operating Officer.

In addition to fuel savings and environmental benefits, Azure’s Balance™ Hybrid Electric technology can reduce vehicle maintenance costs by approximately 30 percent, further reducing overall fleet operating costs.

Increased public pressure and government attention is propelling the HEV marketplace. Commercial transportation in an urban environment accounts for only 12 percent of total miles driven, yet is responsible for 25 percent of total greenhouse emissions.

The complete battery systems, including all components will be assembled at the Johnson Controls-Saft facility in Milwaukee, WI.

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