|Westport's Paul Shaffer with the 2016 Ford F-150 at ACT Expo|
Leading this year’s ACT Expo announcements was Ford’s unveiling of the model year 2016 Ford F-150, available with a gaseous prep package for compressed natural gas (CNG). As one of Ford’s leading Qualified Vehicle Modifiers (QVM), Westport provided a fresh-from-the-floor model for the announcement, featuring the Westport WiNG Power System, which allows the vehicle to operate in either dedicated CNG or bi-fuel options.
|T. Boone Pickens gives the opening presentation at ACT Expo|
Not surprisingly, the key topic of the panel discussion at ACT Expo’s opening session was the current price of oil and its recent – and potential – impact on the alternative transportation industry. Well-known natural gas advocate Boone Pickens told the audience that history is bound to repeat itself: he said he’s seen oil prices collapse several times since the 1980s, only to rebound again.
“I promise you,” said Pickens, “you’ll be back up to $90 by the end of next year.”
|Westporters Jamie and Eve speak to trade show attendees|
On the exhibition floor, Westport showcased the Westport™ iCE PACK LNG Tank System. It drew much attention as the only system approved for sale in Canada by Transport Canada.
|Cummins Westport President Rob Nietzke and others unveil the new ISB6.7 G engine|
Two key announcements from Cummins Westport (CWI) garnered a lot of attention during the show: the unveiling of the CWI ISB6.7 G engine – targeted at school buses, shuttle buses, medium-duty trucking and vocational markets in North America – along with the announcement of the start of field tests this year in California in transit buses with a spark ignited natural gas engine capable of producing Near Zero NOx emissions.
|Fun was had by all at the ACT Expo off-site tour to Westport Dallas|
Wrapping up the week, ACT Expo attendees were invited on a tour of Westport’s Dallas facility, where team members provided an overview of the installation process of the Westport WiNG Power System, the requirements of being a Ford QVM facility, an opportunity to meet and speak with Westport’s technical team, and of course, enjoy some Texas hospitality.