Azure Dynamics LEEP Freeze system and Kidron UltraTemp - "The hottest technology in cold transport"
OAK PARK, MI, Oct. 9, 2008 - Azure Dynamics Corporation (TSX: AZD, LSE: ADC & OTCQX: AZDDF) - ("Azure" or the "Company"), a leading developer of hybrid electric and electric technologies for commercial vehicles announced today it has received six orders for its Low Emission Electric Power (LEEP(TM) Freeze) system. Azure's LEEP(TM) Freeze system will be mated to a Kidron UltraTemp system to provide a transport refrigeration solution for Buchy Food Service in Greenville, Ohio.
The LEEP(TM) Freeze system can be plugged into the grid for off-duty charging. It can also draw and store energy directly from the vehicle's primary combustion engine during normal driving. The LEEP(TM) Freeze and UltraTemp system applies energy to the refrigeration system even if the vehicle engine is off and it offers quieter operation and reduced emissions.
"Our LEEP(TM) Freeze system provides clean electric power to supply auxiliary vehicle systems like cold storage or aerial lifts," said Scott Harrison, Azure's Chief Executive Officer. "By partnering with Kidron, we can offer Buchy significant improvements in fuel efficiency and a reduction in emissions while at the same time providing dependable transport refrigeration and cold storage product protection."
"We chose Azure's LEEP(TM) Freeze system to power our UltraTemp refrigeration system as it is a proven technology that has undergone significant testing, including highly sensitive military applications," said John Sommer, Jr, Kidron's Sales and Marketing Manager. "We are actively marketing the UltraTemp. Unlike other refrigeration technologies that can unexpectedly shut down, our cold plate technology with LEEP(TM) Freeze can maintain cold temperatures even if the vehicle itself malfunctions. And, product protection is what cold transport is all about. Meanwhile, this technology extends delivery runtime and reduces operational costs associated with fuel and maintenance."
UltraTemp with LEEP(TM) Freeze can save up to six gallons of fuel per hour. Therefore, if a food service company operates a truck for seven years and hauls chilled product 52 weeks a year over five 10-hour delivery days per week, the system can offer a lifecycle savings of $46,482 (assumes diesel fuel at $4.50 per gallon).
"We've been in business for 130 years and understand what it takes to be successful," said John Buchy, Buchy Food Service. "On the logistics side, we need to keep costs down while providing timely, reliable and predictable deliveries. The UltraTemp with LEEP(TM) Freeze technology gives us the peace of mind we need. At Buchy, we utilize environmentally friendly technologies whenever possible. We're from Greenville, after all."
The Buchy Food trucks were ordered through Penske Truck Leasing. Penske offers innovative transportation solutions that help fleet operators improve productivity. Penske is a proud supporter and participant in the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) "SmartWay" transport partnership. The UltraTemp combined with LEEP(TM) Freeze technology used on the Buchy trucks provided by Penske reduce C02 emissions by over 26,000 pounds annually compared to an engine-driven mechanical refrigerating system.