September 30, 2014

Westport Offers Freightliner Cascadia Truck with iCE PACK™ LNG Fuel System for Test Drives

Westport is pleased to announce the arrival of its Freightliner Cascadia 12-liter natural gas engine demonstration truck, powered by the Westport iCE PACK™ LNG Fuel System. iCE PACK is Westport’s latest innovation that minimizes fueling time, while maximizing range and fuel savings by allowing natural gas or dual-fuel engines to burn clean, domestic liquefied natural gas (LNG).

September 22, 2014

The North American Debut of the New Natural Gas Ford Transit Van Featuring Westport Technology

Westport Unveils Dedicated Compressed
Natural Gas (CNG) Transit Van at Parcel Forum 

Westport celebrates the availability of its natural gas powered 2015 Ford Transit Van, unveiling it at Parcel Forum 2014 in Booth #505.

Used to transport passengers and cargo, the popular Westport WiNG™ Power System Transit Van and Cutaway models operate on dedicated CNG using a 3.7L V6 gaseous prep engine.

The Transit Van and Cutaway is offered at 10,000 GVW and below and will be EPA and CARB certified. Tank configurations are available with a standard 20 or 23 gasoline gallon equivalent capacity with additional configurations, depending on customer requirements.

September 16, 2014

Exceeding Expectations – Westport's CNG Vehicles Help Power USD's Growing Alternative Fuel Fleet

When USD, Inc. made the move away from independent contract drivers and brought its delivery fleet in-house over a year ago, the company’s management team decided to incorporate as many alternative fuel vehicles as possible going forward. In 2013 alone, the company added 20 Westport WiNG™ Power System Ford Transit Connects operating on dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) to its fleet.

USD is the leading distributor of original equipment Ford, General Motors and Chrysler automotive parts in the southwest United States. Operating for 42 years, with corporate headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona, USD also has facilities in New Mexico, Texas and Colorado.

“As our business continues to grow, it is increasingly important for us to look for ways to improve efficiencies to serve our customers while at the same time reduce our environmental impact in the communities where we operate,” said Eric Bromenshenkel, president and CEO, USD Inc. “Not only has adding CNG vehicles helped us save about 30 per cent in fuel costs, we’re using a cleaner domestic fuel.”

September 11, 2014

Westport’s Industrial Engines at Logis-Tech Tokyo 2014

Westport’s latest addition to its alternative fuel industrial engines, a 3.8L engine that operates on either liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) or natural gas (NG), was on display in Tokyo, Japan this week at the Logis-Tech Tokyo 2014 Material Handling and Logistics Exhibition.

The event featured over 400 companies and approximately 55,000 exhibitors in a wide variety of categories, such as industrial vehicles, storage and transportation services and third-party logistics.

Westport's Brian Chisholm (centre) and Jun Chung (left) chat with Yukio Hase, Deputy General Manger, Development with Mitsubishi Nichiyu Forklift Co. Ltd,  about the various applications for Westport's
natural gas and propane-powered industrial engines at Logis-Tech 2014.
Capable of producing 100 kilowatts of power and 347 N-m of torque, Westport’s 3.8L engine offers high performance and low emissions using advanced automotive technology.

Westport now offers companies with equipment in the material handling and logistics industries a choice of either the 2.4L or 3.8L engines. Both of the Westport industrial engines are based on Hyundai automotive engine platforms, with the Westport fuel system installed in Busan, South Korea.

These alternative fuel engines are available for use with:
  • Forklifts 
  • Power generation 
  • Construction vehicles, such as small front-end loaders and excavators 
  • Municipal vehicles, such as street sweepers 
  • Airport service vehicles, such as luggage and handling trucks 
  • Irrigation systems 
  • Oilfield applications 
Westport was one of over 400 companies exhibiting at Logis-Tech Tokyo 2014.

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September 8, 2014

Colorado Blazes the Trail for Statewide Adoption of NGVs

With Colorado’s history of blazing a path towards the adoption of more natural gas vehicles (NGVs) for state fleets across the United States, it’s natural that the State government is showing commitment by bolstering its fleet.

State Fleet Manager Ron Clatterbuck, says that by the time vehicles purchased in 2014 are received, Colorado will operate 237 NGVs – including 40 Westport WiNG™ Power System bi-fuel Ford F-250 pickup trucks.

Ron says that most of the fleet is located near Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs, but there are also vehicles servicing departments on the ‘Western slope’ near Grand Junction.