OAK PARK — The hybrid truck powertrain developer Azure Dynamics Corp. (OTC: AZDDF), announced that Auto-Strunk GmbH has become the latest European dealership to sign a sales and service agreement for the Ford Transit Connect Electric van.

Transit Connect Electric will be available via Auto-Strunk locations in both Cologne and Langenfeld (Rhineland), Germany.

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European manufacturing for Transit Connect Electric began in June, 2011 and in North America in April, 2011. Azure has since received orders for the Transit Connect Electric van of more than 400 units worldwide and was recently honored with the ÖkoGlobe Award for sustainable innovations in mobility.

“Germany is an important market for us and we’re thrilled to have Auto-Strunk, a well known and well connected dealership partner, to present Transit Connect Electric to its commercial fleet customers,” said Ricardo Espinosa, Azure’s managing director in Europe.

“Auto-Strunk is working aggressively to provide customers with vehicles that help lower operational costs and improve environmental performance,” said Edith Strunk, CEO at Auto-Strunk. “As the recent ÖkoGlobe Award demonstrates, the Transit Connect Electric van can accomplish those goals as well as any vehicle currently available in Germany.”

To bring forward innovation in electric vehicles, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is committed to having one million electric cars on German roads by 2020.

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With a unique combination of car-like driving dynamics, rugged load capacity, dependability and low operating costs, the Transit Connect Electric van is an ideal choice for German commercial fleet operators looking to reduce operational costs and lessen their impact on the environment.

On Sept. 6, the Transit Connect Electric was honored with the ÖkoGlobe Award from the ÖkoGlobe Institute of the University of Duisburg Essen. ÖkoGlobe is an international environmental award that honors sustainable innovations in the field of mobility.

Azure’s distribution strategy in Europe is to establish partnerships with carefully selected Ford Commercial Truck dealerships to offer Transit Connect Electric sales and service activities in strategically targeted markets.

To create the Transit Connect Electric, Azure integrates its proven Force Drive electric powertrain into the award-winning Ford Transit Connect. Utilizing an advanced lithium-ion battery, Transit Connect Electric can achieve a range of up to 80 to 130 kilometers (50 to 80 miles) on a single charge and has a load capacity of 500 kilograms (1,100 pounds).

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