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March 8, 2013 in CNG, Companies, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Michigan Upfitter Becomes ‘Exclusive and Preferred Installer’

BAF and Utilimaster have a new preferred and exclusive installer agreement by which Utilimaster will handle upfits of Ford F- 59 walk-in van strip chassis with natural gas fuel systems from BAF.

Michigan’s Utilimaster has been named ‘the exclusive and preferred installer of the BAF compressed natural gas system on the Ford F- 59 walk-in van stripped chassis.’

Michigan’s Utilimaster has been named ‘the exclusive and preferred installer of the BAF compressed natural gas system on the Ford F- 59 walk-in van stripped chassis.’

The two companies showed a converted vehicle in the Ford Commercial Truck area of the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis this past week. The vehicle has already achieved both U.S. EPA and California Air Resources Board certifications.

The CNG-fueled F-59 has a 6.8-liter gaseous-prop V-10 engine.

Under the agreement, “Utilimaster, a market leader in delivery and service vehicles, is appointed the exclusive and preferred installer of the BAF Compressed Natural Gas system on the Ford F- 59 walk-in van stripped chassis…

“This partnership builds on the Utilimaster strategic vision of offering a full portfolio of alternate fuel and field service solutions,” states a joint announcement.

It wasn’t all work at the Work Truck Show. BAF founder and elder statesman Bill Calvert and colleagues in a CNG-gasoline bi-fuel F-250 on display by Ford. Note that the bed is fully available – the truck has been engineered for the compressed natural gas fuel tank to fit underneath, even with the vehicle’s factory gasoline tank left in place. With Mr. Calvert are BAF’s Lauanna Recker and Eme Porlai.

It wasn’t all work at the Work Truck Show. BAF founder and elder statesman Bill Calvert and colleagues in a CNG-gasoline bi-fuel F-250 on display by Ford. Note that the bed is fully available – the truck has been engineered for the compressed natural gas fuel tank to fit underneath, even with the vehicle’s factory gasoline tank left in place. With Mr. Calvert are BAF’s Lauanna Recker and Eme Porlai.

“Alliances with companies like BAF Technologies provides Utilimaster clients with a professional partnership of project management, engineering and fleet solutions while positioning Utilimaster for long term growth,” Utilimaster president John Forbes said in the Indianapolis release.

Utilimaster Has an Alt Fuels Program

“The agreement further extends our commitment to offer green solutions that are field-proven and deliver a strong return on investment.”

CNG vehicles provide a 65% fuel savings while utilizing natural gas, 90% of which is produced domestically, the announcement says.

Utilimaster is promoting “a proprietary alternative fuels program offering that assesses customer needs, formulates the best solution, develops the business case, manages the deployment project plan, and provides product training/support.

“Customers also have the option of calling upon the Utilimaster fleet solutions organization to implement additional programs – at any location – that have proven to be best practices in the areas of improved driver productivity, safety, and reduction of cost of operation.”

Utilimaster is a subsidiary of Spartan Motors (NASDAQ:SPAR).

BAF is a subsidiary of Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ:CLNE). Tom Pfingst is strategic partner manager for BAF.


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Source: BAF & Utilimaster and Fleets & Fuels in Indianapolis

 

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