Ford announced this week that they have teemed up with Azure Dynamics to produce the 2013 Hybrid F-550 chassis cab. It will be available in all engine and chassis length combinations. They have also agreed to provide the technology for the F-350 and F-450 chassis’.
Azure Dynamics already provides the power systems on the Transit Connect Electric (available now at Sanderson), and the E-450 Hybrid electric step van and shuttle bus.
The hybrid chassis will be built as a “ship-thru” option allowing the Ford transportation system to move the vehicles thereby saving on the cost and time of additional transportation logistics.
It is expected that the chassis cab market could grow by 50% in the next few years as fleet oerators start replacing equipment that was delayed due to the economy. This gives them a great option to help manage unpredictable fuel costs and clean energy goals.
Info provided by Ford and Azure Dynamics.