Westport says it will be partnering with major global supplier Delphi Automotive PLC to help drive Westport's proprietary High Pressure Direct Injection natural gas technology into various heavy-duty engine platforms.
Under the agreement, Westport and Delphi will co-develop and manufacture high-pressure natural gas fuel injectors for engine OEMs. Westport will be investing in tooling, manufacturing, assembly and end-of-line test equipment, and Delphi will provide injector designers and engineering resources to ‘work with Westport's experts to optimize design, development, manufacturing and assembly of the injectors,’ the company says.
In the next four years, the companies plan on ramping up to a production capacity of more than 100,000 injectors annually.
‘Delphi sees natural gas as an important part of mainstream transportation and believes that Westport HPDI will be the industry standard technology for natural gas-powered heavy-duty applications,’ says Jeff Owens, chief technology officer of Delphi. ‘Working with Westport to create a highly scalable, quality production partnership and reduce system pricing for HPDI is a great opportunity to help change the trucking world.’
Westport announced its HPDI 2.0 fuel system back in December.