Azure Dynamics: A Hybrid Dark Horse
By Bill Moore
Toronto-based Azure Dynamics has sort of come out of nowhere, a dark horse in a already crowded field of competitors that range from the world's biggest automakers to a stableful of relatively minor players, all seeking to garner a piece of the hybrid-electric vehicle "purse" that is expected to be the propulsion system of tomorrow.
In the last month, the company has announced two technology demonstration projects, perhaps the most interesting involving the conversion of three London taxi cabs to the firm's series hybrid architecture. According to company president and COO, David Deacon, previous conversions in Canada have shown a 50% or better fuel efficiency improvement in the test vehicles. How much the system will improve the fuel performance of the three test taxis won't be seen until later this fall when first taxi is slated to be returned to service in London.
EV World decided to learn more about this hopeful upstart and its claims that its conversions will not only save fuel, but will have a suprisingly fast payback, especially in cities like London where fuel prices are not only high, but a new congestion control zone in the heart of the city makes a zero-emission hybrids increasingly economical, as well as good for the environment.
As usual, we've divided our 32-minute interview into two equal parts. You can listen to EV World's conversation with Mr. Deacon by clicking the two Play Audio links at the top of the right hand column.
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