Whittlesea-Bell Transportation Commits to 229 New CNG Vehicles
Clean Energy Fuels is talking up the pending deployment of 229 new compressed natural gas vehicles by Whittlesea-Bell Transportation in Las Vegas, and said that the taxi, bus and limo operator plans to switch its entire fleet to CNG by 2016. Whittlesea-Bell Transportation – aka Bell Trans – operates some 950 vehicles in all.
Bell Trans will deploy 92 Transit Connect taxis, 92 Dodge Caravans, 25 large shuttle buses – and 20 stretched Cadillac Escalades, which will be the first of their kind, Clean Energy says.
Seattle-based WorldCNG is the vehicle converter, is responsible for the vehicle systems, and is doing the installations at its facility in Las Vegas. Utah’s AGA Systems is supplying the engine kits for the Cadillac Escalades, says WorldCNG president Garrett Alpers. Other suppliers include Landi Renzo USA, Westport, and Impco, he told F&F.
‘An Integral Element to Our Continued Success’
“We believe an integral element to our continued success is to make the transition to an all-natural gas fleet,” Bell Trans president Brent Bell says in the Clean Energy announcement.
Clean Energy has six public-access CNG fueling stations in Las Vegas to support the Bell Trans fleet. The Bell Trans vehicles are projected to consume 1.3 million gasoline gallon equivalents of CNG per year once fully deployed, Clean Energy says. They should all be operational by mid-year.
Beyond Bell Trans, Clean Energy (NASDAQ:CLNE) said Thursday that its customers ordered 70% more natural gas vehicles through the first nine months of 2013 than they did in the same period last year. Clean Energy also reported a multi-year operation and maintenance pact with Southern California’s Long Beach Transit, which now operates 64 CNG buses. LBT’s new fueling center was opened last year (F&F, September 6, 2012).
Clean Energy noted too that president and CEO Andrew Littlefair received the Environmental Leadership Award from the California League of Conservation Voters for his work creating America’s Natural Gas Highway and Clean Energy’s launch of Redeem biomethane, “the first commercially-available renewable natural gas fuel made from organic waste” (F&F, October 7).
Littlefair said that ten ANGH stations began pumping fuel this year for a total of 19 now in service.
Jim Harger is chief commercial officer at Clean Energy Fuels.
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Source: Clean Energy Fuels with Fleets & Fuels follow-up