Ford Motor Co.'s accelerated electric vehicle strategy will begin bearing fruit next year with the introduction of the battery electric Transit Connect BEV commercial van. Altering the popular European truck for fully electric operation required many close partnerships. Azure Dynamics is providing its proprietary Force Drive battery electric drivetrain, which was tapped in part because of its high power per kilowatt-hour ratings. Azure already provides power trains for some of Ford's hybrid vehicles. Batteries come from the Johnson Controls-Saft collaboration.
Two new technologies from Stratasys, created in partnership with Boeing, Ford, and Siemens, will bring accurate, repeatable manufacturing of very large thermoplastic end products, and much bigger composite parts, onto the factory floor for industries including automotive and aerospace.
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