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  • Baker Equipment Long-Range CNG Van is traveling across the USA

    The Baker Long-Range CNG Van is traveling across the USA, using existing CNG fuel stations, making it an excellent choice for Airport Shuttle, Van Pools, Taxi, Utility & other long-range van applications. Please follow us and experience what it's like to drive a dedicated production CNG van from city-to-city and state-to-state, using clean, domestic, natural gas.

    Check out our blog as we travel!

    please go to: bakerxcountrycngvan.blogspot.com


    Skip Baker
    President - Baker Equipment

  • #2
    Re: Baker Equipment Long-Range CNG Van is traveling across the USA

    Skip, I've been following this effort. Great job with the van, congratulations on the new offering.What is the tank set-up on the new van?

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    • #3
      Re: Baker Equipment Long-Range CNG Van is traveling across the USA

      He has two 22 gge cylinders mounted lengthwise on the roof. Saw it recently in SLC, pretty cool. Skip maybe you can post your crash test video link on YouTube?

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      • #4
        Re: Baker Equipment Long-Range CNG Van is traveling across the USA

        Agree it would be awesome to have 44 gge of storage for cng !!

        With front-drive vehicles like Dodge Grand Caravan, surely they could design a place in underbody to hold a couple large cng cylinders so that even 26 gge would be available. Keep the van light enough and get 30 mpg, and even on poor 80% fill (ie 21 gge), the van would have over 600 mile range on just cng!!! A piddly 1.5 gallon backup tank of normal high octane petrol is all that would be needed (have it automatically be mixed with Sta-Bil or other gas additive to keep fuel from degrading). That way engine could be designed for optimum power on cng with high compression pistons.

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        • #5
          Re: Baker Equipment Long-Range CNG Van is traveling across the USA

          cngacrossusa, it sounds like you were just describing the Opel Zafira CNG.
          http://www.netcarshow.com/opel/2006-zafira_cng/
          It doesn't have 20+gge of CNG storage, but it is a bifuel designed from the ground up with space for the CNG tanks as well as a small 3.5 gal gasoline tank.

          Just to keep this post on subject, here is a link the video of Baker's crash test. It's pretty fun to watch: http://www.youtube.com/user/bakersk8.../0/ZQmtuucgF1w
          www.CNGUtah.com

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          • #6
            Re: Baker Equipment Long-Range CNG Van is traveling across the USA

            Van looks great. Would this setup work for the Ford Transit Connect? Maybe smaller tanks, but that vehicle would get 50% better mileage from the start.

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            • #7
              Re: Baker Equipment Long-Range CNG Van is traveling across the USA

              this is what I have said all along that for a afv to be useful it must have long range as we have the chicken but the eggs aint there yet ie ( refueling points )so having long range makes it work for most anyone

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              • #8
                Re: Baker Equipment Long-Range CNG Van is traveling across the USA

                just looked at the video of crash test if it was mine I would move the two tanks to the center and add two more and go farther the we would have a van we could drive anywhere with out even having to think anymore where to get gas than a gasoline car well almost

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                • #9
                  Re: Baker Equipment Long-Range CNG Van is traveling across the USA

                  Another thought about the Transit Connect.

                  California Yellow Cab has started ordering the CNG version. http://www.ngvglobal.com/ford-transi...ellow-cab-0609

                  This may be Southern California centric, but here the cab drivers lease the cars and pay for gas out of their pockets. (Same deal for the airport Super Shuttles.) If you could increase range from 200 miles to 500+ miles, the drivers would save time and could shop for the best cng price.

                  Check out cngprices.com. In Southern California a cab driver might go to the Avery ARCO CNG station for $1.92 per gge, instead of Clean Energy's $2.50.

                  Assume $5 a day gas savings and $5 a day efficiency gain and that is $3650 a year. Plus you should be able to transfer the setup to the next cab in 3-5 years.

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