~UPS Announces Plans to Add Heavy-Duty LNG Transport to Fleet of CNG
VANCOUVER, Feb. 22 /CNW/ - Westport Innovations Inc. (TSX: WPT) (NASDAQ:
WPRT), a global leader in alternative fuel, low-emissions
transportation technologies, today announced UPS's commitment for
liquefied natural gas (LNG) trucks powered by Westport HD Systems. The
new heavy-duty trucks will be used in interstate operations for the
Ontario, California to Las Vegas, Nevada route.
UPS plans to build publicly accessible LNG fuel stations in Las Vegas
and will be able to access existing fuel stations in Ontario,
California, and Salt Lake City, Utah, thus filling in an LNG trucking
corridor from California to Utah. Funding for the trucks and fuelling
stations is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Clean
Cities program and the South Coast Air Quality Management District's
UPS Ontario-Las Vegas LNG Corridor Expansion Project. The DOE estimates
that the LNG trucks alone will help displace approximately 1.25 million
gallons of petroleum annually.
"UPS has shown environmental leadership in expanding their natural gas
fleet of delivery vehicles to a fleet of heavy-duty interstate trucks
powered by Westport HD," said Clark Quintin, President of Westport HD.
"Connecting California's existing LNG fuelling stations with developing
ones in Utah will create valuable LNG capability on a busy goods
"Investment in a fuel-efficient technology that helps reduce our carbon
footprint and reduce our dependence on petroleum remains a key
component of UPS's transport strategy," said Mike Britt, director of
vehicle engineering at UPS. "For our heavy-duty vehicles, LNG has
proved successful in reducing emissions, keeping our maintenance and
operating costs low and significantly reducing our dependence on
petroleum for these shipping lanes."
The Westport HD System consists of the GX 15-litre engine, proprietary
Westport fuel injectors, LNG fuel tanks with integrated cryogenic fuel
pumps, and associated electronic components to facilitate robust
performance and reliable operation. The Westport HD GX engine is
certified and compliant to 2010 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
and California Air Resources Board emission standards in North America.
UPS will now boast a fleet of more than 1,100 natural gas trucks
including compressed natural gas (CNG) delivery vehicles powered by
Cummins Westport engines and the current order of LNG tractors.
UPS pursues a wide range of socially responsible and sustainable
business practices designed to reduce its impact on the environment and
improve communities around the world. Learn more about UPS's
responsible business practices at www.ups.com/responsibility.
About Westport Innovations Inc.
Westport Innovations Inc. is a global leader in alternative fuel,
low-emissions technologies that allow engines to operate on
clean-burning fuels such as compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied
natural gas (LNG), hydrogen, and biofuels such as landfill gas. Our
unique technologies reduce nitrogen oxides (NOx), particulate matter
(PM), and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) while preserving the power,
torque, and fuel efficiency of diesel engines. The Company focuses on
three distinct categories or target markets - light-, medium-, and
heavy-duty - through Westport business units or joint ventures. Juniper
Engines is focused on 2.4L engines for industrial applications such as
forklifts, oilfield service engines and light-duty automotive. Cummins
Westport (CWI), a joint venture with Cummins, sells the world's
broadest range of low-emissions alternative fuel engines for commercial
urban fleets such as buses, refuse trucks and vocational vehicles
ranging from 5.9L to 8.9L. Westport Heavy Duty (Westport HD), our
proprietary development platform, is engaged in the engineering, design
and marketing of natural gas-enabling technology for the heavy-duty
diesel engine and truck market. To learn more about our business, visit
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Note: This document contains forward-looking statements, including
statements regarding the demand for our products, the future success of
our business and technology strategies, intentions of partners and
potential customers, the performance of our products and expansion of
product coverage, future market opportunities and speed of adoption of
natural gas for transportation. These statements are neither promises
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general economy, governmental policies and regulation, technology
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and Long Beach and other global government stimulus packages, the
acceptance of natural gas vehicles in fleet markets, the relaxation or
waiver of fuel emission standards, the inability of fleets to access
capital or government funding to purchase natural gas vehicles, the
sufficiency of bio methane for use in our vehicles, the development of
competing technologies as well as other risk factors that may affect
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SOURCE Westport Innovations Inc.
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Westport Innovations Inc.
UPS Phone: 404-828-4866