Demo Program Gives Fleets a Trial Run of NGVs


Westport is giving fleets the opportunity to try out light-duty natural gas vehicles through its new ‘Drive Now with CNG’ program – an initiative designed to serve as a small-scale trial run of the company's Westport WiNG Power System.

Fleet operators can work with Westport, at no cost, to test a CNG-powered Ford Transit van in regular service for up to three weeks. The vehicle pairs Ford's 3.7-liter V6 engine with a dedicated CNG Westport WiNG system and either 20 GGE or 23 GGE of on-board storage.

‘Westport's new Transit van demo program will enable companies to see first-hand the benefits of CNG for their business,’ says Paul Shaffer, vice president of Westport's Dallas operations.

Westport announced this summer that it would be adding the 2015 Transit to its lineup of NGVs. The vans, which will soon be certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board, are rated at 10,000 GVW and can be ordered – through Westport's participation in the Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifer program – in various passenger and cargo configurations.

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