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CNG-powered Ford Transit Connect Taxis Heading to Los Angeles and Chicago

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Yellow Cab of Anaheim and Cabco Yellow Inc. of Orange County have ordered a combined 119 CNG-powered Ford Transit Connect Taxis, Ford Motor Co. company said.

Larry Gach, sales manager, Ford Commercial Truck Sales and Marketing, said he expects orders in California to increase after the California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved the use of Transit Connect Taxis modified by BAF Technologies to run on CNG. BAF Technologies has been certified by Ford as a Quality Vehicle Modifier to convert standard Transit Connect Taxis into CNG-powered cabs.

CARB is part of the California Environmental Protection Agency, an organization that reports to the governor’s office and is designed to promote and protect public health, welfare and ecological resources through reduction of air pollutants.

To receive CARB certification, a vehicle must demonstrate that its exhaust and evaporative emission control systems are durable and comply with the emission standards for the vehicle's useful life.

Ford also said use of its CNG cabs is growing nationwide. Chicago’s Taxi Medallion Management this week began using the 12 CNG taxis it bought earlier this year, and two taxi companies in Connecticut have ordered 70 CNG cabs, which they plan to put in service this summer.

Other cities where CNG Transit Connect Taxis have been ordered include Las Vegas and St. Louis, and city officials in Philadelphia recently approved it for use as well, Ford said.

The standard Ford Transit Connect – 2010 North American Truck of the Year – features a 2.0-liter I-4 engine that gets EPA-estimated 21 mpg city and 26 mpg highway, an estimated 30 percent improvement in fuel economy compared with traditional taxis.

In addition to CNG, Transit Connect Taxi is available with an engine preparation package for conversion to liquefied propane gas (LPG). Both CNG and LPG lower taxi fleets' operating costs and are better for the environment.

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