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California Taxi Fleet Operator Orders 25 CNG/LPG Engine Prep Packages for Transit Connect

Santa Ana, California-based California Yellow Cab has ordered 25 units of the compressed natural gas (CNG) and propane (LPG) engine prep package for the Ford Transit Connect Taxi. The engine prep package enables conversion of the Transit Connect to CNG or LPG.

California Yellow Cab of Santa Ana will convert its Transit Connects to CNG, to take advantage of the availability of natural gas fueling stations in Orange County. With the acquisition, Tim Conlon, president of California Yellow Cab, expects to become the first taxi company in the Southern California to operate half of its fleet (220-vehicles) on natural gas. California Yellow Cab began using natural gas in 2002.

The flexible interior of the Transit Connect is suited for both taxi service and conversion to CNG and LPG. The vehicle’s 135 cubic feet of cargo space accommodates a compressed gas tank while leaving ample passenger legroom and cargo capacity.

To serve taxi operators, Ford will provide calibration guidance for the CNG or LPG conversion. By properly following Ford’s recommendations, the conversion can be completed without voiding the engine’s warranty.

Driving interest in Transit Connect Taxi in California is the mandate of many of its municipalities adopting standards for fleet operators to use cleaner, low-carbon fuels. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, CNG is less expensive and burns cleaner than gasoline, resulting in 30 percent to 40 percent less greenhouse gas emissions. Propane also burns cleaner than gasoline.

Transit Connect is one of several Ford vehicles that offer CNG/LPG conversion capability. Ford has shipped more than 3,000 CNG/LPG-prepped engines for its E-Series vans with 5.4-liter and 6.8-liter gas engines. A similar package will be introduced for F-Series Super Duty trucks this year.

Comments

Sanity Chk

Great move! In addition to reducing GHG and other pollutants, the taxis engines will last a lot longer and require far fewer oil changes.

wintermane2000

Unfortunetly nat gas doesnt lower co2 all that much. It still spews out 70% of the co2 as a normal car would.

Thats why it hasnt quite caught on as much as it could have.. by the time it gets up to steam the co2 regs will nuke it too.

Sanity Chk

While not the end state desired, 30% to 40% less CO2 spewing out of tailpipes is a significant step in the right direction. Given that it also reduces the need for frequent oil changes, I'd say this is an excellent intermediate step - particularly for fleet, bus, trucking, and taxi applications.

We need to support all significant steps toward zero tailpipe emissions, weaning ourselves from reliance on fossil fuels, and creating a environmentally sustainable energy supply.

wintermane2000

Ya im just saying they arnt going gangbusters on it because before they can profit on it too much its also gona go pthththt.

Sanity Chk

This is where the role of government incentives comes in to play. With the environmental costs of using fossil fuels and other govt support for the industry being what it is, there is not a competitive playing field out there for alternatives. For market forces to work, the price of energy sources must reflect the real costs.

To encourage alternatives that have not ramped up to volume production pricing, govt incentives will likely be needed to help them out of the starting block.

This will become a reality sooner than you might expect.

Henry Gibson

People are the cause of CO2 going into the air. They even breathe it out, but they demand the services that require the production of CO2 in this world. CO2 is not a problem for the world but people are the biggest problem for almost all the other live inhabitants of the world. There was a time before humans when the world had a lot more CO2. CO2 is then just a human problem. Most animals including king Canute will run away from the rising ocean. ..HG..

Henry Gibson

In 1975 about I rode in an orange county methane taxi at the airport. ..HG..

SJC

Taxi owners may be seeing that CNG is cheaper than gasoline. This is a bottom line issue and not one for the environment.

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