Jan. 14, 2010

Empire Coachworks Converts Limousines to Natural Gas (Text Version)

This is a text version of the video segment Empire Coachworks Converts Limousines to Natural Gas, which aired on Jan. 14, 2010.

JOHN DAVIS: Our success story of the week comes from Empire Coachworks of East Brunswick, New Jersey. This automotive pioneer was one of the first American firms to make custom limousines.

But today's ultra-lux buyers of their super-stretch limos are now demanding "greener" vehicles. So Empire upfits Lincoln Town Cars, as well as Ford Focus fleet vehicles, and Econoline vans to use compressed natural gas.

Their 88,000-square-foot facility, with 35 bays dedicated to alternative fuel activities, also supplies CNG trams for the Bronx Zoo and the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. Their next goal is to install certified CNG systems in larger vehicles such as school buses and paratransit vans.

EDWARD VERGOPIA: Things that are run through your Board of Ed and municipalities are also all looking to maybe move 100% of their fleet in the near future into an alternative fuel, and CNG seems to be the natural fit for everyone.

JOHN DAVIS: Empire delivers energy and ecofriendly solutions for smart executive travelers and beyond.

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