Landi Renzo USA, which is emphasizing a broad collection of early certifications for its natural gas upfits of late-model vehicles, reports California Air Resources Board certification for 2014 Ford vans with the 5.4-liter engine for CNG.
Landi has previously announced U.S. EPA certification of its bi-fuel compressed natural gas-gasoline upfits for the Ford F-250 and F-350 for the 2014 model year. It has also secured California certification of heavier Ford F-450, F-550, and F-650 with 6.2- and 6.8-liter engines (F&F, September 7).
SuperShuttle has a long history of providing green transportation in the form of shared ride services to and from 35 airports nationwide. In addition to providing shared ride services, SuperShuttle has also incorporated alternative fueled vehicles into several of their fleets over the last 10 years. In 2012, they selected Landi Renzo USA as an additional partner for deployment of CNG equipped vans in the California market. By fueling with CNG, SuperShuttle franchisee owner-operators have a payback around 1.5 years while reducing their consumption of gasoline.
In addition to significant savings in fuel, reduction of C02 emissions over the life of each van are estimated at over 80 metric tons. That’s 80 metric tons of CO2 that is no longer released into the atmosphere, making the skies in the country a lot clearer and the air a lot easier for all of us to breathe. This reduction is accomplished in part by Landi Renzo’s CARB/EPA certified CNG conversion for the Ford Econoline with the 5.4L engine which carries a SULEV (Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle) designation. What this means is these SuperShuttle CNG powered vans now produce 50% less NOx and CO emissions than these vehicles did when they rolled off the factory floor.
Despite this conversion occurring after the vehicles final assembly at Ford’s manufacturing plant in Elyria, OH, SuperShuttle is backed with the confidence of knowing that Landi Renzo USA is a designated Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) manufacturer for gaseous fuels. Having a Landi Renzo QVM installed product ensures that the Ford warranty and SuperShuttle’s reputation for reliable service remain intact.