Purolator adds to hybrid electric vehicle order from Azure Dynamics
TORONTO, ONT-Azure Dynamics recently reported that Purolator Courier, has revised and increased its existing purchase order for Azure's hybrid delivery vans. Under terms of the initial purchase order (dated September 15, 2005), Azure initially supplied 19 hybrid-electric vehicles (HEVs) to Purolator through an initial September 2006 purchase order. A 2006 amendment to this initial order called for Azure to supply the courier company 115 more HEVs; 30 of these additional HEVs have been delivered to Purolator and are currently in service. Under terms of the recently-amended purchase order, Azure will supply the remaining 85 HEVs to Purolator on its new parallel hybrid-electric Ford E-450 platform. Purolator has also increased the order to include an additional 20 HEVs for a total of 105 HEVs on the Ford E-450 platform. Azure expects to deliver all 105 Ford E-450 HEVs in the third and fourth quarters of 2008. "Since introducing Azure's hybrid-electric vehicles ("HEV") to our fleet of curb-side delivery vehicles in 2005, we have logged more than 333,000 kilometres, saving almost 60,000 litres of fuel and preventing the emission of over 150 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions," Purolator president and CEO Robert Johnson observed.