Oak Park, Michigan – Ford and Azure Dynamics are collaborating on a program that will allow consumers to purchase plug-in hybrid versions of Ford’s F-Series Super Duty trucks.
Azure’s plug-in hybrid technology will initially be integrated on the F-550 Super Duty cab and chassis, which is expected to be available in early 2013. The agreement also allows Azure to perform hybrid powertrain conversions on other Super Duty platforms, including F-350 and F-450 models, and spans all engine, frame length and regular production options and configurations.
The agreement includes a “ship-thru” provision that permits Azure to place vehicles in Ford’s transportation system, and allows qualified Ford Commercial Truck dealerships to sell and service the trucks in key North American markets.
Currently, the collaboration between Ford and Azure also includes the Transit Connect Electric and E-450 Balance Hybrid electric step van and shuttle bus.
“As interest in alternative energy products continues to grow, consumers are looking for more powertrain options that are both environmentally friendly and fit their driving needs,” said Rob Stevens, Ford’s commercial vehicle chief engineer. “The flexibility of our vehicle platforms and chassis allows Ford to develop our own alternative fuel products or work with partners, like Azure Dynamics, to deliver consumers with the power of choice when purchasing a ‘greener,’ more fuel-efficient vehicle.”