Azure Dynamics, the maker of the Ford Transit Connect Electric, is going through its final death throes. While the fate of the Transit Connect EV is uncertain, the failure of yet another commercial vehicle retrofitter raises questions about the viability of the business model in general. There is a place in the EV world for retrofitters, but not for very many.
Canada-based Azure Dynamics, a developer and manufacturer of hybrid and electric vehicle components and commercial vehicles, including the popular Ford Transit Connect electric van, is filing for financial protection under Canada's federal Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act.
Nissan isn't just using its experience with electric vehicle batteries to make consumer cars. At the Tokyo Truck Show this week, Nissan's Light Commercial Vehicles unit is showing off several concepts utilizing the energy storage technology available in the LEAF, including an all-electric truck called the ATLAS e-NT400. Based on the popular ATLAS F24, the zero-emissions e-NT400 concept has a cruising range of 100 kilometers, utilizing a similar powertrain to the one found in the LEAF.
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