Oak Park, Michigan – The City of Toronto has purchased five hybrid electric trucks that will be used in three of its divisions.
The Balance Hybrid Electric Trucks are produced by Azure Dynamics Corporation.
The trucks will be used in some of the city’s busiest divisions. One will be used by the Library, where it will work in an inter-branch delivery system operating six days a week, and making approximately ten stops a day. The Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division will use one to deliver sports equipment and recreational materials to community centres, while another will deliver live plants for various public functions. Two units will be used by Solid Waste Management Services for residential curbside pickup of “white goods,” including refrigerators and other appliances for recycling.
The Balance Hybrid is built on Ford E450 cutaway and strip chassis trucks, using the conventional 5.4-litre gasoline engine and five-speed automatic transmission. The hybrid features electric-launch assist, engine-off at idle, and regenerative braking. The technology improves fuel economy by up to 40 per cent and reduces the carbon footprint by approximately 30 per cent.