October 10, 2014

Westport Participates in APTA EXPO 2014 with Public Transportation Products

Join Westport, a leader in natural gas engines and vehicles, at the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) EXPO 2014, the premier showcase for innovative public transportation solutions, from October 13 to 15, 2014 in Houston, Texas.

Natural gas vehicles (NGVs) are becoming a growing part of the public transportation market in North America, with cities like Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix, San Francisco, Denver and Atlanta shifting their bus fleets to run on this cleaner, less expensive, domestic fuel. According to NGVAmerica, there are approximately 11,000 buses currently powered by natural gas in the US and one of four buses on order today will utilize CNG as a transportation fuel.

Learn about Westport’s dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) operated Ford E-450 Cutaway and Ford Transit van, both ideal for use by municipalities, schools, airports, hotels, and senior care facilities, on display at EXPO 2014 at the Westport booth (no. 3759). The Ford E-450 Cutaway is designed with an improved efficient, consistent fuel delivery system and is available in a number of configurations including box truck, shuttle bus and flat bed. The 6.8 liter V10-engine vehicle comes with a standard 30 gasoline gallon equivalent (GGE) tank and is EPA and CARB certified.

The Ford Transit van, available in three different van lengths and heights, seats a minimum of 12 passengers. The 3.7 liter, V6-engine vehicle is available with a 20 or 23 GGE tank and is undergoing EPA and CARB certification. Inquire about how fleets can participate in the new demo program that will provide the chance to put the Westport powered Transit van through its paces in regular business service for up to three weeks.

“Westport continues to demonstrate our position as an industry leader,” says Paul Shaffer, vice president and managing director, Westport Dallas. “The addition of our dedicated CNG school bus, offered through Collins Bus, is the first ever Ford-recognized school bus on the market. With EPA and CARB certification in place, this product is now readily available for customers.”

Visitors to the Westport booth are also invited to take the Cornhole/Bean Bag Toss challenge for a chance to win one of 13 - $100 Visa gift cards. One gift card will be given away every 90 minutes. Simply bring a business card to enter for a chance to play.

“EXPO 2014 is an important event for Westport as the need for natural gas public transportation increases,” says Jeff Campbell, Director, Marketing, Cummins Westport Inc., a joint venture between Westport and Cummins. “The entry of Westport’s Ford products into the school and shuttle bus markets provides customers with more natural gas options.”

Cummins Westport, has offered natural gas engines to the transit market since 2001. The company will be exhibiting at EXPO 2014 as part of the Cummins booth (Hall D, booth 4547) and will feature the 9 liter ISL G, currently available as a factory option from leading transit and shuttle bus manufacturers. 

The APTA EXPO takes place once every three years and is the world’s largest gathering of public transportation decision-makers. More than 750 exhibiting companies and over 15,000 participants from around the world are expected to attend this year. Attendees will be presented with the most comprehensive transportation education program with over 50 educational sessions, technical tours, and networking opportunities. The EXPO represents all forms of public transportation, from buses and trams to rapid transportation systems and commuter rail, as well as companies that supply products and services to the transportation industry.

This year’s event also includes a 7,000 square foot Natural Gas Vehicle Zone organized by NGVAmerica. The Zone includes over 33 exhibitors who operate fueling stations, manufacture fueling infrastructure compressor packages and components, convert vehicles to operate on CNG, manufacture and package high-pressure vehicle tanks systems, and perform engineering and other NGV-consulting services.

1 comment:

Robert (Investor) said...

Westport is a leader in the technological revolution in alternative engines. Cost affordability and the need for clean air mean that nations around the globe will turn to natural gas vehicles (NGVs).

For those that are skeptical or curious about the revolution, I encourage you to see the 2014 documentary, Pump, in a theater near you. It will also be available on DVD soon. Pump is a 2014 documentary film by Josh Tickell and Rebecca Harrell Tickell. The film explores the history of petroleum-based fuel consumption, the use of the Internal combustion engine and the geopolitics involved with petroleum. The film then explores in-depth on the alternative energy options for vehicles that are either readily available for use or can be on a mass scale.

You may find out more about the film and see a trailer by going to the website at: http://www.pumpthemovie.com/


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