Westport Innovations Inc. has announced the opportunity to view Westport's new combustion technology in Volvo Car Group's new Drive-E powertrain bi-fuel compressed natural gas (CNG) engine in a model-year 2016 Volvo V60 car at the World Gas Conference in Paris from June 1 to 5.
Volvo Cars is the first OEM to feature the new Westport system. It will be used on Volvo's new 2-liter, direct-injection, four-cylinder Drive-E powertrain family, which will be available on the model-year 2016 Volvo V60 and V70 vehicles.
Westport says the engine offers 245 HP and 350 NM in torque, with emissions as low as 40g CO2/km (according to the Swedish Transport Administration's calculation method for biomethane).
‘This is the first chance for fleets and industry leaders outside of Sweden to have a look at the new powertrain that combines Volvo's new Drive-E petrol engine with Westport's gas technology in a highly efficient bi-fuel engine,’ says Anders Johansson, managing director of Westport Sweden. ‘We're excited to showcase Westport's turnkey solution that includes technology research and development, production, installation and market support.’
Currently, the Volvo bi-fuel vehicles are sold only in Sweden, but Westport says it is open to introducing these models in other markets in Europe depending on customer demand.
Photo courtesy of Westport Innovations Inc.: A model-year 2016 bi-fuel Volvo V60