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BAF Has CNG Pickups for California

April 6, 2012 in CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

BAF is claiming a first as it’s reported California Air Resources Board approval of its compressed natural gas upfits for Ford F-Series 250/350 pickups and E-Series 250/350 vans for 2012.

“In effect, the CNG-fueled Ford F-Series 250/350 pickups and E-Series 250/350 vans will now be available in all 50 states.” BAF says it’s the first CNG converter in the country to achieve CARB certification for its F-Series pickups.

In addition to the F-Series 250/350 pickups and E-250/ 350 vans, BAF has CARB approvals for Ford’s F-450/550/650 utility body for 2012, the F-53/59 commercial chassis, the E-450 shuttle, and the Ford Transit Connect. Also for 2012, BAF has EPA certifications for all of these vehicles as well as bi-fuel CNG E-250/350 vans and F-250/350 pickups.

BAF’s E-250/350 CNG vans have been CARB-certified since 2007. Customers include AT&T and Super Shuttle. The new approval extends the certification to include the 2012 model year.

Distinguishing itself in an increasingly competitive field, BAF notes that it was the first CNG converter recognized as a Ford QVM – Qualified Vehicle Modifier – for gaseous fuel. The firm uses Ford-accredited QCM (Quality Calibrations Modifier) calibrations, and BAF-converted vehicles are registered through Ford QFC (Quality Fleet Care) for warranty and service work, through Ford dealerships. BAF crash-tests its light-duty vehicle products for FMVSS 303 compliance.

BAF will this month host a grand opening of its new 91,000-square-foot facility in Dallas housing expanding headquarters, R&D and service operations. The firm was founded in 1992 and has been a unit of Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ:CLNE) since late 2009. It has a network of 65 Ford dealers across the country certified to service its CNG conversions.

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BAF Technologies (California), Robert Sessa, 949-303-6793; [email protected]; www.baftechnologies.com

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