Automobile manufacturer Ford has announced a collaboration agreement with Azure Dynamics, an electric vehicle and hybrid powertrain company, to integrate Ford’s F-Series trucks with Azure Dynamics’ green technology.
The new partnership marks a more ambitious program than when we first reported the two corporations were working together to bring a fleet of all-electric delivery trucks to Norway. Azure Dynamics has been involved in two other projects of note as well, helping power a Toronto brewery’s converted truck and rolling out hybrid delivery vehicles for DHL.
Ford is planning to incorporate Azure Dynamics’ plug-in hybrid system into the F-550 by 2013, with hopes of expanding to the F-350 and F-450, the standard version of which is seen in the image above, sometime in the future.
According to the company, the potential market for the new plug-in hybrids is around 100,000 vehicles per year, and that the F-Series could come to represent 50% of sales in the industry if more and more fleets look to replace older models in the next five years.