BAF, a wholly owned subsidiary of Clean Energy Fuels Corp., has received CARB (California Air Resources Board) Executive Orders (EO) for its CNG-powered 2012 Ford F-Series 250/350 pickups and E-Series 250/350 vans. The CARB EOs allow the vehicles to be sold and operated in California, the state with the most stringent emissions control rules, effective immediately, as well as in sixteen other states that follow CARB rules. In effect, the CNG-fuelled Ford F-Series 250/350 pickups and E-Series 250/350 vans will now be available in all 50 states.
F-Series 250/350 pickups are a popular choice for fleet operators, particularly on the Eastern seaboard of the US. Many of these states have opted to apply CARB standards to natural gas vehicles. BAF says it is the first CNG converter in the country to achieve CARB certification for its F-Series pickups.
The CNG-powered BAF E-250/350 vans have been CARB-certified since 2007. The new CARB EO extends the certification to include the 2012 model year.
“Our new CARB certifications provide an important opportunity for BAF as we continue to supply CNG vehicles to fleets of all types,” said John Bacon, BAF president.
In addition to the F-Series 250/350 pickups and E-250/350 vans, BAF has CARB EOs for the 2012 F-450/550/650 utility body, the F-53/59 commercial chassis, the E-450 shuttle, and the Ford Transit Connect. Also for 2012, BAF has EPA certifications for all of these vehicles as well as the bifuel CNG E-250/350 vans and F-250/350 pickups.
BAF was 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. Finally, BAF takes the extra step of crash testing its light-duty vehicle products to achieve FMVSS 303 compliance.
(This article compiled using information from a BAF Technologies press release)