Ford Presents CNG Connect Taxi

Ford seems determined to offer alternative fuel options to several businesses out there. The automaker will unveil the all electric Transit Connect in order to help fleets reduce costs while "saving the planet". Alongside the EV Connect, Ford will also presented a Transit Connect converted to CNG and LPG as a solution for US taxi drivers.

“While meeting with taxi operators in cities throughout the U.S., we found considerable interest for vehicles that run on alternative fuels,”
said Mark Fields, Ford’s president of The Americas. “The Transit Connect Taxi, combined with an engine modified by Ford to use CNG/LPG, is designed to meet that need. This marks a new era in ‘green’ transit.”

Ford will provide taxi operators with the required calibration specifications for the CNG or LPG conversion so the conversion can be completed without voiding the engine’s warranty. Considering that CNG is cheaper than gas and burns cleaner, the alternative offered by Ford is a really good one.

“Compressed natural gas and propane offer more than sufficient power for vehicles because they are high-energy fuels,”
said Rob Stevens, Transit Connect chief engineer. “Another natural benefit for these fuels is they provide an overall lower emission of greenhouse gases compared to gasoline. Additionally, operating on CNG or LPG provides the operators lower fuel/operating costs for their fleet.”

Using CNG has other advantages, as the US government offers tax credit incentives for fleets to convert to alternative fuels, which could really motivate taxi companies.

“Ford has demonstrated a significant commitment to support the taxi industry with not only a dedicated product but also with the commitment to work with the technology companies that support the industry,” said Jason Poliner, chief operating officer, CMT. “Ford understands that the taxi business is not just the vehicle but a complete technological solution.”
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