California Taxi Fleet Opts for Ford Transit CNG Vans
In brief: California's Yellow Cab has ordered 25 Ford Transit Connects with natural gas engine packages and will field them this year.
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Make/Model: Transit Connect CNG
The purchase of these 25 cabs will make half of California Yellow Cab's fleet of 220 vehicles compressed natural gas (CNG), a first in the industry for California.
The Ford Transit Connect comes in configurations for gasoline operation, natural gas (either CNG or LPG/propane), and all-electric. Taxi companies in California are moving to CNG as an option because of increasing infrastructure, lower cost of adoption, and high availability of fleet vehicles.
The taxi cab configuration of the Transit has more windows than the usual utility version, has plenty of room for passenger seating and luggage, and is built on Ford's small truck platform for durability.
And so ...
The Transit is definitely one of the few (and probably best) vehicles in this category and has become popular quickly. Seeing it in person, it's larger than most would expect from photos.
Photo credits: Ford
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