NEW YORK - Verizon has placed an order with BAF to convert 501 new Ford E-250 Series vans to compressed natural gas (CNG) power, according to BAF, a wholly owned subsidiary of Clean Energy Fuels Corp. The vans are scheduled for deployment later this year.

The vehicles will be equipped with the BAF proprietary clean-air certified CalComp System.

"Verizon's deployment of natural gas-fueled vehicles sets a powerful example for fleet operators across America to emulate. Use of natural gas fuel for fleets is a trend that is rapidly gaining momentum in many U.S. industry sectors," said John Bacon, president of BAF.

The BAF CNG vehicle up-fits for Verizon will be completed at Steelweld Equipment Company in Hemet, Calif., and Temple, Texas; and at North American Equipment Upfitters in Hooksett, N.H. Both Steelweld and North American Equipment Upfitters are participants in Verizon's Supplier Diversity program and were jointly selected by BAF and Verizon to execute the installation of the BAF CNG vehicle systems. Both Steelweld and North American are also authorized installers for BAF, and have been long-time suppliers to Verizon.