WiNG-ing it: Driving 700 Miles on CNG

Editor’s note: The following is a guest blog post by Nicole Adams of Westport Innovations, manufacturers of natural gas engine solutions based in Vancouver, Canada.

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Late last week, our team from Westport Innovations braved the wind and rain in Times Square to show off the new Westport WiNG-powered bi-fuel Ford F-250. It was the final stop on a four-day road trip from Detroit to New York City, powered entirely by compressed natural gas (CNG).

The drive itself was terrific. It was great getting to spend time with my colleagues, Arnie Campbell, John Howell and Alissa Marczewski who all took turns driving, refueling and delighting in the $40 fill-ups.

Even better was the chance we got to meet with supporters, enthusiasts and people who had no idea what CNG was or that there are light-duty options in the United States. We were continually encouraged by folks who would pull up next to us at a stoplight or in a parking lot and start asking questions about driving on CNG. They wanted to know about safety, fuel efficiency, noise, environmental benefits, availability, etc. CNG is significantly cleaner and you can save up to 50% on fueling costs. The facts speak for themselves.

It is becoming increasingly clear that there is a genuine enthusiasm and growing momentum behind natural gas vehicles. Some people drove hours just to see the bi-fuel truck. Others called us in the middle of a busy schedule, asking if we could stick around for an extra 30 minutes so that they could take a quick test-drive between meetings.

In the end, the Where in the World is Westport WiNG road trip was both enlightening and encouraging. We had an awesome time! Our only regret was that we couldn’t make it to all the places we wished we could have. There’s always next time… In the meantime, check out the pictures below.

And finally, thank you CNGnow for the station-finder app. It was a huge help in planning our route. In fact, we were able to make it all 700 miles without having to dip into our truck’s gasoline reserves at all. The refueling infrastructure isn’t where we would like it to be, but this is proof that it’s there and viable for many consumers.

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To follow along with other things happening at Wesport, we’re on Twitter @WestportWiNG.

SOURCE – CNGNOW.com

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BAF Technologies Celebrates New HQ and Big Milestones

More than 5,000 CNG conversions expected in 2012

BAF, a wholly owned subsidiary of Clean Energy Fuels Corp., staged Open House ceremonies yesterday at its new Dallas production facility to mark the company’s 20th Anniversary and the completion of its 20,000th compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle conversion. The new 91,000-square-foot BAF headquarters site houses the company’s R&D, vehicle conversion, and service operations.

Douglas R. Clark, President of the Omaha, NE Metropolitan Utilities District, officially took possession of BAF’s 20,000th CNG conversion, a dedicated Ford F-250 pickup truck for use in the District’s service fleet, at the event.

BAF President John Bacon told guests, “This is a landmark day in the history of BAF. We’re celebrating 20 years in the business. We have opened the doors of our new facility, and we are commemorating these events with the delivery of our 20,000th natural gas vehicle conversion. Our industry has grown from just an idea 20 years ago to today, when hundreds of natural gas-powered vehicle fleets are deployed across the nation every day.”

Bacon added, “Just this year, BAF expects to convert more than 5,000 vehicles to CNG power, and we are very excited about our prospects for continuing growth in the next 20 years.”

Special guests at the anniversary celebration included Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Clean Energy Co-Founders T. Boone Pickens and Andrew Littlefair, who serves as Clean Energy’s CEO.

BAF is the first CNG converter recognized as a Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) for gaseous fuel. Further, the company uses Ford-accredited QCM (Quality Calibrations Modifier) calibrations and all vehicles converted by BAF are registered through Ford QFC (Quality Fleet Care) for all warranty and service work through Ford dealerships. BAF also takes the extra step of crash testing its light-duty vehicle products to achieve federal compliance. It has a network of 65 dealers across the country certified to install BAF’s CNG conversions.

Currently priced up to $1.50 or more per gallon lower than diesel or gasoline (depending upon local markets), the use of natural gas fuels reduces greenhouse gas emissions up to 30% in light-duty vehicles.

BAF’s alternative fuel vehicle up-fitting capabilities include aftermarket compressed natural gas (CNG) conversions of Ford-manufactured vans, cutaway shuttles, taxis, pick-ups and light-duty trucks.

Source = NGV Global