Azure Dynamics Corporation (TSX: AZD, LSE: ADC & OTCQX: AZDDF), a leading developer of hybrid electric and electric powertrains for commercial vehicles, announced today that it has received orders for two Hybrid Citibuses from the West Harlem Art Fund, Inc. WHAF is a ten year old community-based, cultural arts and preservation organization serving northern Manhattan in New York City. The Hybrid Citibuses will serve WHAF’s “Harlem-Heights Culture Loop” program where participants experience Harlem’s old world charm as well as its new urban sophisticated upbeat future by touring various points of art, cultural and environmental interest.
“We are thrilled to provide buses for the West Harlem Art Fund project,” said Jay Sandler, vice president of sales for Azure Dynamics. “WHAF uses the tagline, ‘Feel the energy come alive’ and our fuel efficient and green technology hybrid electric buses allow their patrons to do just that in a very tangible way complimenting the urban energy of the Harlem community.”
“At WHAF, we are guardians of our community’s past as well as visionaries directing its future,” said Savona Bailey-McClain, Executive Director. “We want to use vehicles that are consistent with that mission. Our new hybrid buses will conserve fuel, cost less to maintain and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions. “
Organizations like the New York Audubon Society, which partners with WHAF on some programs, especially appreciate the environmentally friendly transportation.
The Azure Hybrid Citibus uses the HD bus body manufactured by StarTrans. The bus features engine off at idle and regenerative braking to improve fuel economy by 40% while reducing both greenhouse emissions and maintenance costs by 30%. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and New York Power Authority provided funding for the WHAF buses.
For more information about Azure Dynamics and its family of hybrid electric and electric commercial vehicles, please visit www.AzureDyunamics.com.