Tim Conlon, president and general manager of California Yellow Cab, stated: “Our goal is to convert our entire fleet to alternative fuels, so bringing the CNG Transit Connect Taxis into service is an exciting step in that direction. The drivers are excited too. They have been lining up to be among the first to get behind the wheel of a natural gas powered taxi.”
Earlier this year, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved the use of this NGVs modified by Clean Energy-owned BAF Technologies, which was also certified by Ford as a Quality Vehicle Modifier. “Because its emissions are near zero, CNG Transit Connect qualifies to drive in California’s carpool lanes and, compared to petroleum versions, will reduce greenhouse gases by almost 30 percent,” said Clean Energy chief operating officer, Mitchell Pratt.
CNG Ford Transit Connect taxis are becoming more popular in other parts of the country as well, servicing places such as Chicago, where Taxi Medallion Management put 12 vehicles into service in June.