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Baker Partners with Van Ladder to Produce CNG-Powered Aerial Work Truck

March 10, 2009

RICHMOND, VA --- Baker Equipment is partnering with Van Ladder (Brink's Manufacturing) to produce an SULEV-rated, CNG-powered, van-mounted aerial work truck.

Baker integrates BAF Technologies' CalComp engine system to achieve a SULEV, CARB engine emissions rating. Three truck frame-mounted Faber CNG Type 1 DOT-rated tanks provide 20 gasoline gallons equivalence, with optional 29.5 GGE available. The van is a Ford E-350 with extended wheel base and a 5.4L V-8 engine with 9,400 GVWR.

Often, linemen will work in the same elevated position for hours, running the truck engine at its most inefficient idling RPM. This aerial lift is all electric and can be operated without the vehicle running. This means that no fuel is burned at the job site. 

A 24-volt battery bank, powered by two 12-volt Interstate Group 31 deep-cycle lead acid batteries, is installed in the vehicle to fully power the aerial lift. Charging components then replenish the battery bank when the vehicle is running on CNG. Typically, this is accomplished during the course of a normal work day while driving between job sites. In the event that vehicle drive time is not sufficient to fully recharge the battery bank, an integrated overnight charger plugs into the electrical grid for off-peak charging. 

The combination of SULEV and emissions-free tower operation yields quiet, clean and efficient use of this TELCO or CATV city work truck, Baker said. Additionally, the aerial tower petroleum-based hydraulic oil has been replaced with the biodegradable vegetable oil, BioFlo LT-32.

This truck was featured at the NTEA Work Truck Show Ride & Drive, held March 4-6.

Baker Equipment offers AFV solutions for a broad range of light-, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. Baker has partnered with major AFV engine system suppliers, including BAF Technologies (Ford engines), ESI (International DT466 engine), Baytech (GMC/Chev engines), Blossman Gas (propane powered engines), and ECT (CAT C15 engine). The company said it is ready to serve as a preferred AFV deployment partner, helping to match willing fleet owners with proven and certified AFV technology. 


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