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BAF Technologies Receives Second CNG-Vehicle Conversion Order from ATT
AT&T has awarded to BAF Technologies an order to convert 463 Ford E-250 vans to run on compressed natural gas (CNG) to be fulfilled during the second quarter of 2010.The new order is in addition to a 463-unit order from AT&T for vehicles to be delivered during the first quarter of 2010. Additionally, although no formal order has been made, AT&T has requested that BAF procure on AT&T’s behalf CNG cylinders for 463 additional conversions to be completed in the third quarter of 2010.
AT&T expects to spend an estimated $350 million to purchase about 8,000 CNG vehicles as part of a $565 million, long-term strategy to deploy more than 15,000 alternative-fuel vehicles over the next 10 years.
Through BAF, AT&T is planning to convert a total of 1,850 vans in 2010, and is exploring additional vehicle conversions of other vehicle types, including Ford F-Series trucks.
BAF also announced that the Ford E-250/350 Van has been successfully crash-tested to meet the FMVSS 303 (Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard). Additionally, Ford has approved the engine system for these vehicles converted by BAF and noted that Ford’s warranty covers everything in the vehicle as with any standard Ford vehicle.
“The new orders demonstrate AT&T’s determination to significantly alter its fleet to alternative-fuel vehicles,” said Andrew J. Littlefair, Clean Energy President and CEO. “They also reflect AT&T’s choice of BAF as a superior conversion specialist for their vehicles.”
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