Strategic move to boost NGV sector
BAF acquires ServoTech to speed the delivery of standard-compliant vehicles
The wholly owned subsidiary of Clean Energy Fuels Corp. this week announced the purchase of Belleville, Michigan-based auto emissions solutions provider. BAF, which is the first CNG converter to be recognized as a Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) for gaseous fuels, recently produced its 20,000th compressed natural gas vehicle conversion.
BAF Technologies President John Bacon said, "ServoTech's long-term relationship with Ford will support BAF in developing calibrations more efficiently going forward. We expect this will enable BAF to have CARB and EPA-approved vehicles
on the road faster than ever."
Dr Hamid Servati, ServoTech's current president, will continue to lead the new BAF subsidiary's operations. As a Ford Qualified Calibration Modifier (QCM), ServoTech has direct access to the Ford engine calibration strategy. Each vehicle converted by BAF is registered through Ford Quality Fleet Care (QFC) for all warranty and service work.
"This makes BAF the only natural gas vehicle QVM with this level of access," Bacon said. "Currently, BAF has nine different engine families that were developed with ServoTech."
In addition, BAF crash tests all of its light-duty vehicle products to achieve FMVSS-303 compliance. It has a network of 65 Ford dealers across the country certified to service the company's CNG conversions.
Since 1987, ServoTech has provided auto emission solutions to the OEM and vehicle retrofit/aftermarket industry, helping manufacturers and vehicle converters comply with emission reduction goals and standards. The company offers research, development and testing services, manufacturing capabilities, software design and development, engine management systems and technical training and education. Source: Clean Energy Fuels Corp