First CNG Rear-Entry Wheelchair Minivan with 600-Mile+ Range
Ohio’s MobilityWorks Commercial and NatGasCar are talking up America’s first rear-entry wheelchair minivan fueled by compressed natural gas, a bi-fuel CNG-gasoline Dodge Grand Caravan, model year 2013, dubbed “Eco-Taxi.”
The vehicle will be shown at late October’s TLPA meeting in Las Vegas, Nev. (The Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association’s 94th Annual Convention & Trade Show takes place October 26-30 at Caesars Palace.)
“We have been getting more and more requests for CNG-powered vans over the past year, and very excited to launch this new bi-fuel option,” MobilityWorks VP Denny Summers said in a release.
“This innovative van solves the main issue companies have had with dedicated CNG vehicles, which is what to do when low on fuel and far from a CNG station. Now they can stop at any station, and the fuel range of over 600 miles is unbeatable.”
Luxfer Type IIIs
The upfit leaves the minivan’s original 20-gallon gasoline fuel tank intact. It’s augmented with three lightweight Type III carbon fiber-on-aluminum CNG cylinders from Luxfer, each holding 2.6 gasoline gallon equivalents, says NatGasCar sales chief Joe Wray, for a CNG equivalent of 7.8 GGE.
The NatGasCar system allows drivers to switch between CNG and gas at any time.
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Source: NatGasCar and MobilityWorks with Fleets & Fuels follow-up