October 8, 2013

Westport Leader Now a Sustainability All Star

One of Westport’s leaders is now a ‘Sustainability All Star.’ Westport Vice President John Lapetz was one of 40 individuals recognized at Green Fleet Magazine’s third annual Sustainability All-Star Awards ceremony on October 2 in Phoenix, Arizona for his achievements in alternative fuel vehicle systems.

“I’m pleased and honoured to receive this award on behalf of all the people who I have worked with in pursuing what I feel is a national and global imperative – to leave the world the way we found it,” John said. “This award is an affirmation that the support I received from Ford Motor Company and now with Westport in pursuing that goal has not gone unnoticed. I also want to congratulate all of my fellow winners for their efforts.”

John began his journey with alternative fuel vehicles at Ford Motor Company, where he worked for 35 years. After pioneering the development of Ford’s program worldwide, from natural gas fleet vehicles to hydrogen buses, as well as playing a key role in development of Ford’s Qualifed Vehicle Modifer (QVM) and FlexFuel programs, John assumed the role of Director of Technology for the Clean Vehicle Education Foundation in 2009.

John’s current role at Westport includes the engineering and development of the bi-fuel (CNG/gasoline) Westport WiNG™ Power System out of Westport’s Michigan location.

In June, Westport acquired BAF Technologies, Inc. and its subsidiary, ServoTech Engineering, Inc., securing its position as Ford’s largest partner under the QVM program with over 10 products and approximately 150 Ford authorized dealerships. Westport also recently announced it will offer the newly launched natural gas powered Ford F-150 featuring the Westport WiNG™ Power System in both the United States and Canada.

Green Fleet magazine staff reviewed nominees who’ve achieved significant sustainability accomplishments and made innovative contributions to reducing emissions and fuel consumption. Overall industry involvement was also considered. The 40 award winners included commercial and public sector fleet managers as well as vendors and suppliers. They will be featured in the upcoming issue of Green Fleet magazine.

The complete list of award winners can be viewed here: http://www.greenfleetmagazine.com/news/51732/2013-sustainability-all-star-award-winners-announced-at-green-fleet-conference?utm_campaign=Breaking-News-20131002&utm_source=Email&utm_medium=Enewsletter

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