ADA-Accessible Van Runs On Natural Gas

The federal government, it seems, would like to get all of us on the move with fewer carbon emissions involved. Towards that end, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu recently announced a nearly $50 million conditional loan commitment offer to The Vehicle Production Group LLC (VPG) for the development of the six-passenger MV-1, an American factory-built wheelchair accessible vehicle that will run on compressed natural gas.

VPG, likewise, has announced that it will be accepting this offer to produce the MV-1 at its Mishawaka, Indiana AM General Plant. According to the company, the MV-1 is the first and only dedicated vehicle designed from the ground up to meet the needs of people in wheelchairs while accommodating the duty cycle demands of fleet operators–and the only factory-built light-duty vehicle to date that meets or exceeds the guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

MV-1

image via VPG

Running exclusively on compressed natural gas vehicle, the MV-1 produces lower emissions than gasoline-fueled vehicles, which is good for the air–and at full production capacity (22,650 vehicles per year), it’s expected to help out the economy with 900 jobs, as well.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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