Converting vehicles over to run on compressed natural gas is one method often used to reduce fleet emissions, but are all conversions equal? Well, not exactly. Some CNG conversions retain the vehicle's factory warranty, while others do not. To ensure that modified Ford models meet vehicle warranty requirements, the automaker has designated BAF Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Clean Energy Fuels Corp., as a Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) for CNG conversions.

BAF's QVM status means that its converted Ford Transit Connects, cutaway shuttles, taxis, and F-Series trucks undergo vigorous testing to ensure that manufacturing and quality control is up to Ford's standards. BAF's converted vehicles must pass crash tests that any standard Ford model undergoes. Furthermore, BAF's CNG-equipped models are certified as Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV) under EPA and CARB guidelines.

[Source: Clean Energy Fuels Corp.]
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Clean Energy Subsidiary BAF Technologies Is First CNG Conversion Provider in U.S. to Earn Designation by Ford as Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) for Gaseous Fuels


SEAL BEACH, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (Nasdaq: CLNE) announced today that its subsidiary, BAF Technologies, Inc., has been officially designated by the Ford Motor Company as a Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) for gaseous-fueled vehicles. BAF's alternative fuel vehicle upfitting capabilities include aftermarket compressed natural gas (CNG) conversions of Ford-manufactured vans, cutaway shuttles, taxis, pick-ups and light-duty trucks.

John Bacon, President, BAF Technologies, said, "We are very proud to have earned this special designation from Ford. BAF is the first CNG vehicle upfitter in the United States to be named a Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier for gaseous fuels - an honor that recognizes the success of our continuing efforts over time to deliver the best quality product to our natural gas fleet customers."

To ensure that modified Ford vehicles meet strict vehicle warranty and QVM standards, the authorization program focuses on the aftermarket vendor's design, manufacturing and quality control processes. In-depth evaluations by Ford include crash testing, demonstrated commitment to continuous quality improvement, and reviews of representative vehicles and customer support systems.

BAF Technologies is the leading provider of natural gas vehicle systems and conversions in the United States and supports clients with alternative fuel systems. Founded in 1992 and headquartered in Dallas, Texas, BAF was acquired by Clean Energy in October 2009.

BAF provides alternative fuel systems, application engineering, service and warranty support and research and development. The company's aftermarket systems ensure that current natural gas vehicles (NGVs) are available for domestic light-duty fleets. Its vehicle conversions include taxis, vans, pick-up trucks and shuttle buses. BAF utilizes advanced natural gas system integration technology and has certified NGVs under both EPA and CARB standards achieving Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle emissions.

Clean Energy (Nasdaq: CLNE) is the largest provider of natural gas fuel for transportation in North America and a global leader in the expanding natural gas vehicle market. It has operations in CNG and LNG vehicle fueling, construction and operation of CNG and LNG fueling stations, biomethane production, vehicle conversion and compressor technology.

Clean Energy fuels over 19,900 vehicles at 211 strategic locations across the United States and Canada with a broad customer base in the refuse, transit, trucking, shuttle, taxi, airport and municipal fleet markets. It owns (70%) and operates a landfill gas facility in Dallas, Texas, that produces renewable methane gas, or biomethane, for delivery in the nation's gas pipeline network. It owns and operates LNG production plants in Willis, Texas and Boron, Calif. with combined capacity of 260,000 LNG gallons per day and that are designed to expand to 340,000 LNG gallons per day as demand increases. NorthStar, a wholly owned subsidiary, is the recognized leader in LNG/LCNG (liquefied to compressed natural gas) fueling system technologies and station construction and operations. BAF Technologies, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary, is a leading provider of natural gas vehicle systems and conversions for taxis, vans, pick-up trucks and shuttle buses. IMW Industries, Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary based in Canada, is a leading supplier of compressed natural gas equipment for vehicle fueling and industrial applications with more than 1,000 installations in 24 countries. www.cleanenergyfuels.com

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