Skip to comments.Maker of Electric Vans Shuts
Posted on 03/27/2012 6:22:11 PM PDT by quantim
Azure Dynamics Corp., a producer of electric delivery vans and a partner of Ford Motor Co., said on Tuesday that it is in talks with customers and suppliers to resume production following a bankruptcy reorganization filing in Canada.
The company, which was founded in British Columbia but makes its headquarters in Oak Park, Mich., has halted production of electrified Ford Transit Connect vans. Ford markets the vans through some North American and European dealers.
The reorganization is the latest sign of trouble among electric-vehicle makers. Sales of electric cars such as Nissan Motors Co.'s Leaf have fallen short of expectations, while General Motors Co.recently temporarily halted production of its plug-in hybrid-electric Volt to reduce inventories.
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Electric delivery van? Because we all know delivery drivers only put on 50-60 miles a day, right?
I’m waiting for the electric airliner.
another successful looting.
Yeah, I guess it’s gonna take longer to change the world with all your factories shut down or bankrupt...
But there are some technologies that do make sense for delivery vehicles that are always starting and stopping. Eaton and Parker Hannifin both have hydraulic hybrids that store the braking energy in hydraulic reservoirs that can then be used to move the vehicle short distances. Works with any conventional (i.e NOT Obamaline) engine and seems to work quite well.
Pond scum ping.
The designers filled the entire cargo bay up with batteries to provide a long range...but they forgot they needed to haul cargo. 500 mile range, but enough room to carry a carton of cigarettes.
Yes, the braking energy stored in a hydraulic accumulator is almost 85% recovered while the electric recharge method using the battery I believe is only a 10% recovery.
Anyone know how long that amount of batteries take to charge?
Or how much they weigh?
Do they catch on fire? (subtle Volt dig)
I’m not gratuitously bashing leftists here - I actually use electric power for transportation a very little bit - it’s going to be a great concept once batteries get (massively) more efficient and a bit less heavy than lead. Literally.
Not so much yet.
I thought Obama’s energy plan was a beanie with a propeller on every head.
Are we sure this company used Obama funding? I couldn’t find that they had. They appear to be a Ford Motor Co joint venture. I’d like to know if they did use DOE funding as I will add them to the Green Bankruptcy Parade list. Perhaps the article stated this but since I don’t subscribe to the Wall St Journal I couldn’t read the entire article.
Probably a good thing because if the EPA isn’t stopped soon there won’t be anything at the other end of the plug in your wall.
We should be converting vehicles to CNG like yesterday. To hell with this pie in the sky idiocy.