According to Ken McKenney, Sustainable Fleet-Technical Engineering Lead for Verizon, the purchase and upfit of the 2010 Ford vehicles is part of the company’s comprehensive sustainability effort designed to conserve energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to improved air quality in the communities it serves.
The vehicles are being converted by BAF, a wholly owned subsidiary of Clean Energy Fuels. “Using natural gas for fleets is a trend that is rapidly gaining momentum in many U.S. industry sectors. Because it is abundant and renewable, and cleaner and cheaper than gasoline or diesel fuel, natural gas can carry us forward to a sustainable future,” said John Bacon, president of BAF.
The conversions will be completed at Steelweld Equipment Company in Hemet (California) and Temple (Texas), and at North American Equipment Upfitters in Hooksett (New Hampshire).
Cargo vans represent the single largest group of vehicles in the American company’s fleet and are used in key markets throughout the country, mainly by technicians who install and maintain phones and Internet services for homes and business.