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We'd bet Azure Dynamics is thrilled to announce that it just logged its largest Transit Connect Electric order to date. At 100-units strong, Norwegian Ford dealership, RøhneSelmer, can lay claim to the single, most sizable Connect Electric order ever.

RøhneSelmer's 100-unit order adds to the 58 Transit Connect Electric the dealership ordered in March of this year. Anders Gadsboll, sales director of RøhneSelmer, says this of the electric van:
We sold 50 Transit Connect Electric vans before the first unit was delivered to us and we're confident we'll sell many, many more the remainder of this year and beyond. It's the right product for today's Norwegian market.
Azure Dynamics, along with Ford Motor Company, kicked off production of the European version of the Transit Connect Electric in June of this year. Azure attributes much of the Connect Electric's success in Norway to the nation's "aggressive environmental goals."
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Azure Dynamics' First European Dealer, Norway's RøhneSelmer, Places Additional Order For 100 Transit Connect Electric Vans

RøhneSelmer, the market leader in Norway, places 100 unit Transit Connect Electric follow-up order validating product's unique environmental and performance values for customers

The all-electric, zero-emission Transit Connect Electric has a targeted range of up to 130km (80 miles) per full charge, and is ideal for fleet owners with well-defined routes

The RohneSelmer 100 unit order is the largest Transit Connect Electric order to date and continues a pattern of large customer follow-on orders for Azure's portfolio of efficient and environmentally friendly products

OAK PARK, MI, Aug. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ - 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, announced today that its Norwegian Ford dealership, RøhneSelmer, has signed an order for an additional 100 Transit Connect Electric vans. RøhneSelmer's original order, in March of this year, was for 58 units for various clients, among them Norway Post, known in Norway as "Posten Norge AS".

"We've worked exclusively with Ford for more than fifty years and know that with Azure Dynamics' technology, the Transit Connect Electric will meet the environmental requirements and tough weather conditions of the Norwegian market," said Anders Gadsboll, Sales Director of RhoneSelmer. "We sold 50 Transit Connect Electric vans before the first unit was delivered to us and we're confident we'll sell many, many more the remainder of this year and beyond. It's the right product for today's Norwegian market."

Azure and Ford Motor Company brought the Transit Connect Electric to the European market this year at a time when increasing numbers of fleet operators in the U.S. and Europe are demanding the benefits of efficient, clean alternative power for their vehicles. With 28 kWh of power to call on, Transit Connect Electric has a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph) and a range of up to 130 km (80 miles) on a full charge.

"Norway has a large customer base with a good understanding of and appreciation for electric vehicles, which RøhneSelmer obviously recognizes," said Ricardo Espinosa, Managing Director of European Operations for Azure Dynamics. "The Transit Connect Electric can play an important role in the Norwegian market and help to achieve Norway's aggressive environmental goals."

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 using standard European 220-volt outlets in approximately eight hours.

"Transit Connect Electric is operating on a global stage and this early repeat order from RøhneSelmer is further validation of the value it brings to customers like Norway Post and others with shorter delivery routes and frequent stop and go driving conditions," said Scott Harrison, Azure's CEO. "We're delighted that RøhneSelmer has given us this additional vote of confidence and we're confident that the Transit Connect Electric will more than live up to their expectations."

The Transit Connect Electric went into production in Europe in June this year following its successful production launch in North America in April, 2011.

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 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 www.azuredynamics.com.


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      Andrew Richard Rose
      • 1 Month Ago
      Having been in Oslo for a while this summer I can report that all EV's are selling well there . Ev's escape the 100% tax purchase tax placed on cars by the government , also in Oslo they are able to use the bus a taxi lanes on the urban motorways, considering the motorway only has two lanes in the first place this saves considerable time during peak hours. Also parking is free in the city centre ( including charging) along with escaping the daily congestion charge for entering the city .
      EVSUPERHERO
      • 1 Month Ago
      Ford refuses to drive prices down through mass production. They should be buying Leafs instead, Nissan is doing it right not Ford.
      Spec
      • 1 Month Ago
      Norway knows how to do it. They sell the rest of the world expensive oil while they move to EVs that they can power with their hydropower and offshore wind.
        P54
        • 1 Month Ago
        @Spec
        Wrong, Norway sell clean, cheap hydro-power to Europe and buy dirty electric back from Europe. Also the oil they produce demand a high price in Norway, which has one of the most expensive gasoline in the world, $ 10-11 a gallon. That is why people buy EV. Another reason is that EV don't currently have the high taxes of ICE cars.
          Marco Polo
          • 1 Month Ago
          @P54
          Ah, Spec, kudos to Denmark and all that. But, just one thing bothers me in your happy pollution free senario......Demark's huge coal-fired power stations! Now, maybe its just me, but I don't think they exist for decoration! Oh, and Denmark is an oil exporting nation ! Don't get me wrong, I admire the Danes environmental efforts, especially at sea, but things are not quite as idyllic as you would portray
          Spec
          • 1 Month Ago
          @P54
          I was talking Norway, not Denmark. But clearly there is still fossil fuel in use everywhere including Norway. But they are making changes to move away from it whereas most of the rest of us just keep sticking the needle in our arms even though the price is going to be going up.
          Spec
          • 1 Month Ago
          @P54
          Its not like the oil is magically more expensive in Norway, those are taxes to reduce demand. And the low taxes on EVs are to incentivize EVs sales. Norway does trade electricity with Europe and that is a good thing. They buy excess wind power from the Danes and provide them with hydropower when the wind isn't blowing. No man is an island. It is good to have connected grids so the statistical multiplexing deals with the intermittent nature of renewable energy sources. Of course there is still fossil fuel too . . . it will be around for a long time, but its share will decrease over time. So I understand your point . . . you are just mentioning their policies that do what I said.
        Ford Future
        • 1 Month Ago
        @Spec
        EV's, using local power, have a local economic benefit, making their local electric utility more profitable, creating local electrical jobs.
      • 1 Month Ago
      The unified nordic electricity market isn't only the largest of its kind in the world, but makes a nice place to use electric motors for transportation. Hydroelectricity coming from the Scandinavian Mountains, wind power from Denmark and North Sea (Denmark/Sweden/Norway) and bioenergy coming from Sweden it seems that they're far ahead of other nations in terms of adopting renewables. In a diverse market like that, there's still use for Danish coal, Fenno-Swedish nuclear and oil-fired reserve power plants. I've read that Denmark is quitting coal and those oil-fired plants are replaced with bio-fired plants, although it hasn't received the widespread publicity of Germany and Switzerland leaving nuclear power. Beyond California's vast investments to ZEVs and hydropower etc., Norway is using their taxation in a rather intelligent way to promote electrification and should ease the street pollution levels with increased boost to local economy. Also, it is worth noting that they're also refining some oil to sell it at even higher return.
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