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Orders for Azure Dynamics' electric/hybrid vans roll in, jobs follow

The people at Azure Dynamics take notice of all the hype about electric/hybrid vehicles like the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf. Mostly because the Oak Park-based firm has had its own electric/hybrid vehicle, the Transit Connect, on the roads for months, while the major automakers are still in the talking stage.

"Electrification of the automobile is here," says Mike Elwood, vice president of marketing for Azure Dynamics. "It's in the early innovative stages but it's here."

Azure Dynamics has the sales to show it. It recently inked a deal to sell and service its fuel-efficient electric/hybrid commercial van through 76 additional dealerships across North America. Sales of the Transit Connect are already heading to exceed this year's projections.

"The interest is even more overwhelming," Elwood says. "Our dealer website has more than 37,000 hits."

The growth in popularity in the Transit Connect has allowed Azure Dynamics to steadily expand its staff since its release more than a year ago. Today the company has 150 employees and a number of independent contractors, mostly from its base of operations in Metro Detroit.

"Two years ago we were only at 100 people," Elwood says. "We have grown a lot in the last few years."

Source: Mike Elwood, vice president of marketing for Azure Dynamics
Writer: Jon Zemke
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