The upscale retailer Williams-Sonoma deployed its first CNG-fueled shuttle today, a 33-passenger F-550 chassis vehicle purchased with the support of the California Energy Commission.
The vehicle was upfitted by Creative Bus Sales using Clean Energy Fuels-BAF engine equipment and Luxfer Type III fuel tanks for a gasoline gallon equivalent of 54 GGE. The vehicle has a 6.8-liter Ford V-10 engine.
As a new bus was needed for the five-unit fleet, “We wanted to make sure we’re doing something for the environment,” Williams Sonoma senior purchasing manager Warren Ganda told F&F after cutting the ribbon for the new vehicle at a brief ceremony at the firm’s headquarters near San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf.
CEC picked up $20,000 of the vehicle’s $29,000 price premium over a gasoline model, according to Ganda and Creative’s Jon Fink.
Clean Energy Fuels business development manager Mark Watkins was on hand. He said he hopes the CNG commitment by Williams-Sonoma prompts other San Francisco retailers to deploy CNG vehicles too.
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