OAK PARK, Michigan, December 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
- Azure Dynamics and RøhneSelmer, Ford Motor Company's market leading dealer in Norway, sign a "Letter of Intent" to sell up to 400 Transit Connect Electric vans annually
- RøhneSelmer has placed 158 orders in its first nine months as a Transit Connect Electric dealership and sees continued strong demand in the Nordic Region
- RøhneSelmer's major customers include Norway Post (Posten Norge AS) and other major commercial customers
Azure Dynamics Corporation (TSX: AZD)(OTC: AZDDF) ("Azure" or the "Company"), a world leader in the development and production of hybrid electric and electric components and powertrain systems for light and medium duty commercial vehicles, and RøhneSelmer AS announced today that they signed a Letter of Intent (the "LOI") to enter into an agreement whereby RohneSelmer will import and distribute up to 400 Ford Transit Connect Electric vans annually. The LOI is not a purchase order, but rather sets in motion a collaborative effort to reach a definitive distribution agreement within the coming weeks to further develop the business in the Nordic Region. RøhneSelmer will focus its importation, distribution, sales and service effort in Norway.
In March, 2011, RøhneSelmer supported Azure's inaugural European Transit Connect Electric sale of 58 vans, including 20 vans to Post Norway (Posten Norge AS) via its five locations in and around Norway and in August, 2011, placed an order for 100 additional vans.
"The Transit Connect Electric European market continues to develop quickly," said Scott Harrison, CEO of Azure Dynamics. "This arrangement with RøhneSelmer will offer Azure and its Transit Connect Electric a sophisticated distribution platform to further develop the significant opportunities we see in the Nordic Region. This agreement exemplifies how we are leveraging our valued partners like RøhneSelmer and, as a result, we believe our mutual customers will be well served in the most expedient manner possible."
RøhneSelmer reports that the Transit Connect Electric is proving itself to be the right EV van for today's Norwegian market and that consumer interest is strong and growing.
"Norway has a great appreciation for electric vehicles to help achieve our aggressive environmental goals," said Christian August Selmer, RøhneSelmer's owner. "Our experience shows that the Transit Connect Electric has the right performance and cargo characteristics to meet the needs of a large customer base in Norway."
Pursuant to the LOI, RøhneSelmer will submit purchase orders each calendar quarter with a target of up to 400 vans annually. Azure and RøhneSelmer point out that the LOI is neither an indication of future sales, nor a guarantee of actual sales. The LOI confirms the intentions of Azure and RøhneSelmer to enter into a definitive agreement for the importation, distribution, sale and service of the Transit Connect Electric in the Norwegian region.
The Transit Connect Electric offers Norwegian customers the opportunity to eliminate petroleum fuel bills, take advantage of car-pool lanes and to lower overall maintenance and operating costs. The vehicle is an ideal choice for battery electric power thanks to its unique combination of car-like driving dynamics, generous cargo capacity, easy accessibility and low operating costs. Transit Connect Electric can be recharged in approximately eight hours using standard European 220-volt outlets.
To create the Transit Connect Electric, Azure integrates its proven Force Drive[TM] electric powertrain into the award-winning Ford Transit Connect. Utilizing an advanced lithium-ion battery from Johnson Controls, Transit Connect Electric can achieve a range of 80KM/50 miles to 130KM/80 miles on a single charge and has a load capacity of 530 kgs. With 28 kWh of power to call on, Transit Connect Electric has a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph). The product has been brought to market at a time when increasing numbers of fleet operators are demanding the benefits of efficient, clean alternative powered vehicles.
The Transit Connect Electric went into production in Europe in June, 2011 following its successful production launch in North America in April, 2011. Since the Transit Connect Electric was introduced in North America in December 2010, global Transit Connect Electric sales have exceeded $29 million.
About Azure Dynamics
Azure Dynamics Corporation (TSX: AZD)(OTC: AZDDF) is a world leader in the development and production of hybrid electric and electric components and powertrain systems for light and medium duty commercial vehicles. Azure is strategically targeting the commercial delivery vehicle and shuttle bus markets and is currently working internationally with a variety of partners and customers. The Company is committed to providing customers and partners with innovative, cost-efficient, and environmentally-friendly energy management solutions. For more information on how Azure Dynamics products are Driving a World of Difference, please visit http://www.azuredynamics.com.
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