Azure Dynamics Corporation has announced a partnership with Champion Bus that allows Champion's customers and dealers the option to select Azure's Balance Hybrid Electric Drivetrain System in Ford E-450 shuttle buses they order from Champion.
Champion ordered its first Azure Balance Hybrid Electric chassis in autumn 2008 and has installed its Challenger body on the product. The completed bus was displayed at the recent Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) Expo in Providence RI. This expo is one of the largest annual events for shuttle bus manufacturers and users.
With its electric-launch assist, engine-off at idle, and regenerative braking, the Azure Balance Hybrid Electric is suited for the tough start-and-stop conditions endured by shuttle buses. As a result, Champion customers that select the Balance Hybrid Electric can expect up to 40% improvement in fuel economy and up to 30% reduction in maintenance costs. The hybrid drive train also reduces greenhouse emissions by up to 30%.
Champion is a wholly owned subsidiary of Thor Industries Inc, a builder of commercial buses. For more information about Azure, visit www.azuredynamics.com.