Vans with Altech-Eco Fuel Systems ‘the First Vehicles of Their Kind’
Canada construction giant Ledcor says will take ownership of more than 200 compressed natural gas-fueled Ford Transit Connects, “creating one of the largest fleets of CNG vehicles in Canada.” updated with additional photo on October 27
The 2014 and 2015 Ford Transit Connect cargo vans have been converted by G.W. Anglin Manufacturing with CNG fuel systems from Altech-Eco, “making them the first vehicles of their kind,” Ledcor said.
“We estimate we’ll reduce our annual fuel costs by about 30% and reduce our green-house-gas emissions by approximately 23%,” Ledcor Technical Services COO Scott Lyons said in a release.
More than $10 Million Invested in NGVs
The firm says it’s invested more than $10 million in natural gas vehicles, with costs partially offset by the FortisBC utility’s incentive program. The CNG vehicles will be deployed throughout British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan.
“Ledcor is setting the bar high and showing the way for other fleet owners in Canada,” Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance president Alicia Milner says in the Ledcor release.
“Not only were they one of the first fleets in Canada to operate factory-built natural gas highway tractors, their new fleet of Ford Transit Connect cargo vans is unprecedented in scale, Ledcor is well-positioned to start to reap the benefits of lower cost fuel and a reduced environmental footprint from their operations,” Milner said.
‘A Reliable, Durable and Versatile Vehicle’
“Pioneering an entirely new vehicle type presented many challenges for Ledcor and its suppliers,” Ledcor said – including crash testing a newly converted vehicle to meet Transport Canada requirements.
“The arrival of the popular Transit Connect has given consumers a reliable, durable and versatile vehicle for small business proprietors and large fleets alike,” said Ford Canada fleet sales director Mike Traub.
In addition to the new Transit Connects, Ledcor has LNG/liquefied natural gas 15 Class 8 trucks.
Contact information is only available to premium subscribers. Click here to purchase a subscription.
Source: Ledcor with Fleets & Fuels follow-up