Oak Park-based Azure Dynamics is building the electric drive train for the Ford Transit Connect Electric small delivery van. And Wednesday, Azure Dynamics said that Johnson Controls Inc. will receive at least 20 of the vans by summer 2011.

JCI will receive one of the limited supply of the vans in December, with the remaining 19 vans to be shipped in the spring and summer of 2011.

“Earlier today we finalized an agreement with Johnson Controls on its purchase of 20 Ford Transit Connect Electric vans for its corporate fleet,” said Azure Dynamics CEO Scott Harrison. “So, Johnson Controls becomes both a partner and a customer for the Transit Connect Electric which says more than anything else they could say about their enthusiasm and confidence in the product.”

The Ford Transit Connect Electric is powered by Azure’s proven ForceDrive electric powertrain, which uses an advanced lithium-ion battery from Johnson Controls-Saft.

The announcement was made today at Azure’s Oak Park headquarters during an event that included Michigan Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm along with speakers from Ford Transit Connect Electric partner organizations including Azure, Ford Motor Co., Johnson Controls Inc., and AM General. More information on that event is available at www.azuredynamics.com.

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