"This commitment from a leading utility like Con Edison further demonstrates the versatility and broad application of our hybrid electric solution,” said Jay Sandler, Azure's Vice President of Sales. “The environmental benefits derived from the Balance Hybrid Electric vehicle provides a clear statement that Con Edison is taking a lead role in greenhouse gas reductions."
"Con Edison is committed to reducing its carbon foot-print by using hybrid vehicles and other innovative transportation technologies," said Kenneth P. Jack Jr., General Manager of Transportation at Con Edison and Orange and Rockland. "Part of our strategy is to steadily replace our trucks with technology such as Azure's, reducing our dependency on petroleum-based fuels, improving New York's air quality and meeting the challenges associated with climate change."
The Azure Balance Hybrid Electric system specified by Con Edison has engine-off at idle and at below 20 miles per hour, while electronically supporting key ancillary functions such as air conditioning, power steering and braking. The powertrain, with a Ford 5.4L engine, can improve fuel economy by up to 40%, while reducing carbon emission by up to 30% in city conditions. The powertrain also offers a significant reduction in maintenance costs including up to 75% reduction in brake maintenance versus conventionally equipped competitors.