BAF opened its brand new, 90,000-square-foot Dallas headquarters April 19, celebrating 20 years in the natural gas vehicles business – and showing off its 20,000th NGV.
“This year we’ll do about 5,000 vehicles,” said BAF president John Bacon.
The ceremonial 20,000th is a dedicated-CNG Ford F-250 4×4 for Omaha’s Metropolitan Utilities District. District president Doug Clark (who is NGVAmerica chairman) was on hand. He praised his new Ford’s design, with all of the CNG tanks located beneath the truck bed.
“We can absolutely use this vehicle as it was designed,” Clark said.
Also on hand was AT&T fleet chief Jerome Webber, whose firm now runs some 5,600 NGVs, the bulk of them dedicated-compressed natural gas E-250 vans converted by BAF. Evident in the shop were numerous Ford Transit Connects for AT&T, a new type for the telcom, which has ordered more than 700.
Present too were BAF founder and VP Bill Calvert, Clean Energy Fuels founder Boone Pickens, and Clean Energy president and CEO Andrew Littlefair, and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings.
“What you see here today is just the tip of the iceberg,” said Littlefair. “We have 300 fueling stations and believe it or not this year we’ll build 300 more.” AT&T, he said, plans to “move forward with other different types of vehicles.”
“We saw the potential of what could be and what today is happening,” said Pickens, citing the low price of natural gas – $2 below the price of diesel now. “We’re going to get off OPEC oil,” he said.
“I’m a big believer in natural gas as the future of our country,” said Mayor Rawlings. “Go BAF!”
Representatives of key BAF suppliers attended the Dallas opening too, notably Giovanni Toffolutti, general sales manager of leading CNG cylinder supplier Faber Industrie, and Dr. Hamid Servati, president of Michigan engine control specialist ServoTech, who showed his clients a new unit for bi-fuel vehicles.
BAF has been a unit of Clean Energy since 2009.
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