SEAL BEACH, CA --- AT&T has awarded to BAF Technologies Inc., a subsidiary of Clean Energy Fuels Corp., an order to convert 463 Ford E-250 vans to run on compressed natural gas (CNG).
The order is to be fulfilled during the second quarter of 2010. The new order is in addition to a 463-unit order from AT&T for vehicles to be delivered during the first quarter of 2010.
Additionally, although no formal order has been made, AT&T has requested that BAF procure on AT&T's behalf CNG cylinders for 463 additional conversions to be completed in the third quarter of 2010.
Through BAF, AT&T is planning to convert a total of 1,850 vans in 2010, and is exploring additional vehicle conversions of other vehicle types, including Ford F-Series trucks.
BAF anticipates completing the 600 van conversions during 2009 by yearend. This past March, AT&T announced its intent to deploy more than 15,000 alternative-fuel vehicles, approximately 8,000 of which are expected to be natural gas vehicles.
"The new orders demonstrate AT&T's determination to significantly alter its fleet to alternative-fuel vehicles," said Andrew J. Littlefair, Clean Energy president and CEO.
BAF also announced that the Ford E-250/350 van has been successfully crash-tested to meet the FMVSS 303 (Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard). Additionally, Ford has approved the engine system for these vehicles converted by BAF and noted that Ford's warranty covers everything in the vehicle as with any standard Ford vehicle.
"We are continuing to pursue additional national fleet conversion opportunities using BAF's technology," added Littlefair.
BAF is a major provider of natural gas vehicle conversions. Founded in 1992, the company supports global clients with alternative fuel systems, application engineering, technical training, service parts, technical consulting, research and development, design, and engineered products.
Originally posted on Green Fleet Magazine