A subsidiary of Seal Beach, CA-based Clean Energy Fuels Corp. recently inked a deal with a New Jersey-based alternative fuel vehicle manufacturer, Clean Vehicle Solutions LLC, to provide compressed natural gas (CNG) systems for the small vehicle makers' products.

Clean Energy's BAF Technologies Inc. unit will install its CalComp CNG system in the vehicles produced in the New Jersey plant for fleets throughout the Northeast region. It was a year ago that Clean Energy, a supplier of natural gas and gas-related infrastructure to the transportation sector, purchased Dallas-based BAF Technologies, a U.S. provider of natural gas vehicle systems and conversions (see Daily GPI, Sept. 28, 2009).

Clean Vehicle Solutions is now the authorized small vehicle manufacturer of CNG vehicles using the BAF CNG systems in the Northeast, a spokesperson said. "Both companies will leverage their years of management experience in natural gas, vehicle manufacturing and technology innovation to meet the increasing demand for alternative solutions for economical, sustainable solutions from corporate, commercial and government fleets."

BAF President John Bacon said the firms' joint marketing effort should "expand CNG vehicle solutions for fleets in the Northeast corridor" from Maine to Virginia at a time that he called "an important growth period" for alternative fuel vehicles. It is hoped that as the CNG vehicle market grows the partnership can provide the right technology and infrastructure support in the years ahead, said Pat Charla, Clean Vehicle's marketing director.

Under the BAF-Clean Vehicle Solutions pact the automaker will produce alternative fuel systems and light-, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles qualifying for tax credits as certified by the federal Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board. "The joint marketing agreement further expands a sustainable solution that will reduce both costs and environ mental impacts in an important market [the Northeast] for both companies," the spokesperson said.

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