Compressed Natural Gas Fueling Station Opens at The Yellow Cab Company in Bloomfield for Public, CNG-powered Taxi Fleet
Opening Will Feature New CNG-powered Wheelchair-Friendly Taxis
BLOOMFIELD, CT — (November 29, 2011) A ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2:00 p.m. on Friday December 9, 2011 at The Yellow Cab Company’s Bloomfield headquarters will celebrate Hartford County’s first public access compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station, built and operated by Clean Energy. On hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony will be Congressman John Larson; CT House Majority Leader Brendan Sharkey; Mike Scarpino, Clean Cities Regional Manager, U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory; and Connecticut Clean Cities Future Fuels Project (CTCCFF) visionaries including The Yellow Cab Company and Clean Energy.
“As the company celebrates its 90th anniversary of the first taxi license granted in the State of Connecticut, we are re-positioning our legacy to lead Connecticut’s clean energy solution in the transportation sector,” according to company president Marco Henry. An award-winning, innovative leader in the taxi business, The Yellow Cab Company’s Henry pioneered green taxi fleet technology in 1998. He was the first taxi fleet owner in the nation to convert Honda Civics to CNG through a federal/DOE Clean Cities grant.
As Henry celebrates a 20-year milestone as the company’s president, he looks to the future with promise. In addition to the CNG Honda Civics and CNG Ford Transit Connects he welcomes to his service fleet, Henry will soon provide Greater Hartford’s first wheelchair-accessible taxi rides. The company will debut a fleet of purpose- built, wheelchair-friendly, ADA compliant, low emission taxis known as the “MV-1” ready to serve the Disability Community.
“Universally accessible 24-hour, on-demand, alternative fuel transport can and should play a strategic role in building the transportation infrastructure of Connecticut. Our CNG-powered taxis will reduce overhead fuel costs, significantly lessen harmful emissions for the environment and reduce our overall dependency on foreign oil,” Henry added. The new fuel station will serve anyone in the public operating a CNG vehicle. By year’s end, The Yellow Cab Company will deploy 110 new CNG taxis as part of this ambitious project.
“By 2012 the Yellow Cab CNG fleet is expected to displace about a half-million gallons of gasoline per year, and the environmental gains will only go up from there,” according to Lee Grannis Coordinator of the Greater New Haven Clean Cities Coalition and recipient of the USDOE grant. That equates to about 10 million pounds of Carbon Dioxide, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. In addition, replacing 110 gasoline taxicabs with new clean-burning CNG cabs will remove more than 2,500 tons of greenhouse gases annually.
Clean Energy built the new station at The Yellow Cab Company‘s fleet facility at 86 Granby Road in Bloomfield as part of the Connecticut Clean Cities Future Fuels Project(CTCCFF). The station is the second of three to be opened in the state by Clean Energy as part of the statewide initiative.
“Marco Henry and Yellow Cab have a long standing history of commitment to operating CNG fleets and they are dedicated to the expansion of alternative fuels in fleet services. We are pleased to be partnered with them as they once again make history,” said Andrew J. Littlefair, president and CEO of Clean Energy. “Adopting natural gas fuel for public taxi use, together with the deployment of new ADA-compliant CNG taxi vehicles, and making the infrastructure available to all vehicle and fleet operators spotlights Bloomfield as a hub for a new energy future in Connecticut.”
A public/private partnership, the CTCCFF is a coalition of forces and resources, featuring all four Connecticut Clean Cities Coalitions working together under nearly $13.2 million of funding from a U. S. Department of Energy Grant, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Project partners are providing over $16 million in non-federal cost share to the project. The Greater New Haven Clean Cities Coalition, Inc. (GNHCCC), together with more than 30 partner organizations are building a state-wide system that will eventually get 269 alternative fuels vehicles on the State’s roads through incremental funding and providing fueling capability for 21 additional fleet vehicles and the supporting infrastructure for vehicle deployments as part of the CTCCFF.
For more information on the Connecticut Clean Cities Future Fuels Project, contact Carla R. York, (423) 802-6190 or visit ct-futurefuels.com