ATFCAN, Mumbai Gold Cabs partner to equip new taxis with advanced CNG kits



    MUMBAI, India, June 15 /CNW Telbec/ - The President and CEO of ATFCAN,
Rodney Semotiuk, was pleased to announce today the partnership of ATFCAN with
Mumbai Gold Cabs Pvt. Ltd. As part of ATFCAN's CNG India project, Mumbai Gold
Cabs will supply 200 new Maruti Esteem and 50 new Tata Indigo Marina vehicles
for conversion to compressed natural gas (CNG) operation, using
state-of-the-art conversion kits from ECO Fuel Systems of Canada. The
ARAI-certified kits perform at Bharat III emissions levels standards, and will
be installed by ACE Gas Conversions Pvt. Ltd. of Mumbai, in collaboration with
ECO Fuel Systems. Once converted, the 250 vehicles will comprise a fleet of
high-end taxis, providing a new level of transportation service to the people
of Mumbai while improving urban air quality and reducing emissions of
greenhouse gases. The first group of converted new taxis will be operating as
of today; the balance of the cab conversions will be completed over the next 6
weeks.
    To measure vehicle performance using the new conversion kits, fuel
consumption, mileage, and levels of greenhouse gas emissions generated by each
converted vehicle will be monitored over a 12-month period. Third party
verification will provide comparative analyses between ECO Fuel Systems'
technology and other competitors' products; approximately 60 of the 250 cabs
will be tested for regulated emissions performance. Based on trial acceptance
and life-cycle costing, CNG India aims to improve CNG product offerings in
India. The project's partners are currently examining the potential for
localizing production of ECO's innovative kits in India, and the establishment
of dealer sales networks.
    As expressed by ATFCAN President and CEO Rodney Semotiuk, "This
conversion program marks an important milestone in our relationship with ECO
Fuel Systems, ACE Gas Conversions and Mumbai Gold Cabs. Not only are we
partnering to bring advanced taxi services to Mumbai but we are also bringing
advanced CNG equipment to India."
    Speaking on behalf of Mumbai Gold Cabs, CEO Arun Sabnis stated "The new,
advanced CNG kits will definitely add value to the brand new fleet of ours.
This will also improve the engine quality and lower the maintenance cost and
will help us serve the city in an efficient way. The end beneficiaries will be
the drivers as they will optimize their earnings because of lower costs of
maintenance."
    Principals from ACE Gas Conversions and ECO Fuel Systems also underlined
the significance of this new partnership.
    "The alternative fuel industry in India is in for a big revolutionary
change by the introduction of the Sequential Injection kit system offered by
the joint efforts of ATFCAN and ECO Fuel Systems, Canada. Just as ATFCAN and
ECO Fuel Systems have introduced the state-of-the-art CNG equipment to the
Indian customers, "ACE", who is responsible to carry out the conversion
activities, will also support it by providing its best in terms of after sales
service," said Manoj Vithalani, Director of ACE Gas Conversions.
    "This announcement represents an important achievement for ECO Fuel
Systems' CNG technology, being able to partner in providing a new standard of
efficient and reliable taxi service in Mumbai. It took Canada almost 20 years
to move to this level of CNG conversion technology; now India has leapfrogged
there in less than five!" said Markus Wenzel, Director of Marketing for ECO
Fuel Systems.
    The conversion of the 250 taxis is part of ATFCAN's CNG India project, a
compressed natural gas technology transfer project developed by ATFCAN and
supported by the Government of Canada through the Technology Early Action
Measures (TEAM) program at Natural Resources Canada.

    ATFCAN

    ATF Advanced Technologies and Fuels Canada Inc. (ATFCAN) designs and
delivers clean energy projects in international markets. ATFCAN was created to
address the growing need for energy and the requirements for more
environmentally-friendly, sustainable methods of transportation and power
generation. ATFCAN's portfolio of clean energy solutions includes natural gas,
bio-fuels, renewable energy, and hydrogen. ATFCAN emphasizes integrated
projects that employ local energy sources to reduce dependence on oil imports
and increase energy security.
    A not-for-profit corporation based in Ottawa, ATFCAN was established in
2003 with financial support from ATCO Gas, Enbridge, SaskEnergy, Terasen
International, and Natural Resources Canada.

    Mumbai Gold Cabs Pvt. Ltd.

    Mumbai Gold Cabs Pvt. Ltd. is an independent, public-private partnership
company providing taxi service to the city of Mumbai. With a fleet of
world-class vehicles, Gold Cabs offers the latest models ranging from smaller,
economy cars to luxury sedans at competitive prices. Each vehicle has an
average age of less than 6 months, and every taxi is installed with a
tamper-proof electronic meter to ensure accurate fare. The majority of
vehicles in Gold Cabs' fleet feature power steering and air-conditioning, and
several are equipped with audio visual taxi entertainment systems. To meet
growing domestic and international customer expectations of premium service,
Gold Cabs provides 24/7 call centres, special needs taxis such as wheelchair
accessible vehicles, and alternate payment systems including pre-paid swipe
cards. Finally, every Gold Cabs taxi undergoes regularly scheduled maintenance
to guarantee peak performance and passenger comfort.

    ACE Gas Conversions Pvt. Ltd.

    ACE Gas Conversions Pvt. Ltd. is a private Indian company that markets,
installs, and maintains gaseous conversion systems for automobiles. ACE has
over 250 centres in India and a wealth of experience, having successfully
converted over 25,000 vehicles from petrol to CNG or LPG operation. All CNG
conversions at ACE authorized workshops meet the safety requirements and
compliance procedures of fitment, as defined in the Indian Central Motor
Vehicle Act (CMVA).

    ECO Fuel Systems Inc.

    ECO Fuel Systems Inc. is a well-established, private Canadian company
that has been creating fuel conversion solutions in the natural gas and
propane conversion industry since 1983. Specializing in the technology and
manufacture of components required for the efficient conversion of gasoline
vehicles to these cleaner alternative, ECO has grown into a strong,
diversified company involved in research and development, manufacturing,
software development, international distribution, and technical services.

    Technology Early Action Measures (TEAM)

    CNG India receives funding from the Government of Canada through the
Technology Early Action Measures (TEAM) program. TEAM is Canada's premier
funding mechanism for late-stage technology demonstration and early
commercialization. The TEAM program is administered by Natural Resources
Canada, Environment Canada and Industry Canada.




For further information:

For further information: Rodney Semotiuk, President and CEO, ATFCAN,
(613) 231-4310 (Canada), +91 9971843915 (India), info@atfcan.com; Arun Sabnis,
CEO, Mumbai Gold Cabs Pvt. Ltd., +91 9892201301, arunsabnis@rediffmail.com;
Manoj Vithalani, Director, ACE Gas Conversions Pvt. Ltd., +91 9821025145,
aceequipment@vsnl.net, varuntec@vsnl.com; Markus Wenzel, Director of
Marketing, ECO Fuel Systems Inc., (604) 888-8384, ext. 226,
markus@ecofuel.com; Wayne Richardson, Director, TEAM, (613) 996-5419,
wayne.richardson@nrcan.gc.ca

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