Cleveland’s Ace Taxi Service is fielding 20 model year 2012 Dodge Caravan minivans converted to compressed natural gas-gasoline bi-fuel operation by NatGasCar, also of Cleveland.
Ace has deployed five of the CNG vans as it selects drivers for the other 15, Ace proprietor DeVo Bavishi said Tuesday. Next week the firm expects to begin fueling from a new public-access Clean Energy Fuels CNG installation on its premises.
“We are running the first Dodge Caravan that’s converted in the marketplace,” Bavishi says. He told F&F that he’s extremely happy with the NatGasCar work. “They delivered all that we asked them to and the quality of workmanship has been consistent,” he says.
NatGasCar is using a single, 11.4-GGE (gasoline gallon equivalent) Type IV all-composite CNG cylinder from Lincoln Composites in the Ace vehicles, says NatGasCar sales chief Joe Wray.
Ace’s new fueling station is one of two by Clean Energy in Cleveland, says Bavishi, as another is in place both for the public and for CNG shuttles operated by Cleveland Airport Fast Park.
Ace plans to add to its CNG fleet in Cleveland – “Our goal is to have up to 50 vehicles in two years,” Bavishi says – and is hoping to deploy 150 Dodge Caravans as airport taxis serving the airport in Salt Lake City as well. The Utah vehicles would be converted using NatGasCar kits by Salt Lake-based Alternative Vehicle Solutions (AVS).
Chicago’s SCR Medical Transportation has ordered cars with NatGasCar fuel systems engineered and installed by World CNG (F&F, August 28).
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