Natural gas engine and fuel systems company Westport Innovations Inc. made a pair of announcements this week related to both its liquefied natural gas (LNG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) activities.
First, the company is partnering with the largest provider of natural gas refueling stations in the U.S., Clean Energy Fuels Corp., to co-market and bundle the Westport LNG Tank System with long-term fuel contracts with Clean Energy.
Qualified fleet customers, especially those whose vehicles use the 8.9-liter Cummins Westport ISL G or the new Cummins Westport ISX12 G engine, will be able to take advantage of attractive pricing for natural gas fuel through Clean Energy, which is building dozens of LNG refueling stations as a part of America's Natural Gas Highway.
The Westport LNG Tank System is available for customer trials and can be ordered at commercial quantities for September 2013 delivery. The system is designed to operate on either cold or warm LNG and deliver extended range and hold times while operating on cold LNG.
Westport also announced that its compressed natural gas (CNG) bi-fuel WiNG Power System for the Ford F-Series Super Duty trucks will be available in the Canadian market, supported by an integration center in Windsor, Ontario. The company expects customers to be able to begin ordering the bi-fuel trucks on April 1, and the first deliveries will be made in late June.
The trucks will be built at Ford's plant in Kentucky and shipped to the Westport Windsor Integration Centre for installation of the WiNG Power System. Once completed, the trucks will be shipped to customers through Ford's single-ship-through option.
‘Canadian customers can now enjoy the economic benefits of fleets that use a cleaner, domestic fuel that our U.S. customers have been enjoying since the Westport system was introduced in March 2012,’ says Ian Scott, executive vice president with Westport.