~ Windsor Integration Centre to Serve Canadian Market ~
VANCOUVER, March 19, 2013 /CNW/ - Westport Innovations Inc. (TSX:WPT) /
(NASDAQ: WPRT), the global leader in natural gas engines, today
announced that the Ford F-Series Super Duty trucks with the Westport
WiNG™ Power System will soon be available to Canadian customers. To
serve the Canadian market, Westport is opening an integration centre in
Windsor, Ontario with trucks expected to be ready for delivery to
customers by late June 2013.
Westport's Windsor Integration Centre (WWIC) is a dedicated Ford
ship-through plant about 52 kilometers (about 40 minutes) away from
Westport's automotive engineering hub in Plymouth, Michigan. Built at
Ford's Kentucky Truck Plant, the F-Series Super Duty trucks will be
shipped to the 20,000 square feet WWIC for installation of the bi-fuel
compressed natural gas (CNG) and gasoline Westport WiNG Power System.
Once installed, trucks will be shipped to customers using Ford's
single-ship through transportation system, offering customers
efficiencies and cost savings in vehicle delivery.
"As a Vancouver-based company, we're excited that we can now make our
Westport WiNG Power System products available in Westport's home
market," said Ian Scott, Executive Vice President, Westport. "Canadian
customers can now enjoy the economic benefits of fleets that use a
cleaner, domestic fuel that our U.S. customers have been enjoying since
the Westport system was introduced in March 2012."
"Westport's product entry into the Canadian market demonstrates an
increasing awareness of the tremendous potential of natural gas
transportation technologies to reduce carbon emissions and contribute
to Canada's economic prosperity," added Alicia Milner, President of
Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance (CNGVA). "With Westport's bi-fuel
trucks now available in Canada, fleets will have an increasing
selection of natural gas vehicles to choose from that reduce their
operating costs and lower fleet emissions."
Starting April 1, customers are expected to be able to order the Ford
F-250 through F-550 Super Duty trucks equipped with either the
6.2-litre V8 or 6.8-litre V10 gasoline engines for use with the
Westport WiNG Power System at Westport authorized Ford dealerships
The trucks delivered to Canadian customers will undergo the same
rigorous safety and durability testing required for all Ford original
equipment manufacturer (OEM) products. As a Ford Qualified Vehicle
Modifier (QVM), the Ford vehicle and powertrain warranty remain intact,
and the Westport system is under full warranty through Westport with
servicing performed through Westport authorized Ford dealerships. The
Westport-powered Ford Super Duty trucks are designed to have a range of
between 320 and 525 km on CNG alone subject to tank size, plus an
additional 700 km on gasoline with payback expected in about two to
three years, depending on distance driven.
Westport WiNG Power System meets all Canadian provincial and federal
safety standards and has received Transport Canada approval to affix
the National Safety Mark (NSM) to its vehicles offered for sale in
About Westport Innovations Inc.
Westport Innovations Inc. is a leading global supplier of proprietary
solutions that allow engines to operate on clean-burning fuels such as
compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), hydrogen,
and renewable natural gas (RNG) fuels such as landfill gas and help
reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Westport technology offers
advanced LNG fueling systems with direct injection natural gas engine
technology for heavy-duty vehicles such as highway trucks and off-road
applications such as mining and rail. Westport's joint venture with
Cummins Inc., Cummins Westport Inc. designs, engineers and markets
spark-ignited natural gas engines for North American transportation
applications such as trucks and buses.
Westport is also one of the global leaders for natural gas and liquefied
petroleum gas (LPG) fuel systems technology, design, and components in
passenger cars, light-duty trucks and industrial applications such as
forklifts. To learn more about our business, visit our website or
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Note: This document contains forward-looking statements about Westport's
business, operations, technology development or the environment in
which it operates, which are based on Westport's estimates, forecasts
and projections. These statements include specifically, statements
regarding the timing and available of the Westport WiNG Power System in
Canada, range and payback specifications and expectations and the date
for opening of the referenced integration centre. These statements are
not guarantees of future performance, are based on a number of
assumptions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that
are difficult to predict, or are beyond Westport's control including
the development of competing products and technologies, availability
and supply of natural gas, price and supply of gasoline, timing of
execution of agreements with dealers, distributors and other
counterparties, and other risk factors and assumptions that may affect
our actual results, performance or achievements. Consequently, readers
should not place any undue reliance on such forward-looking statements.
In addition, these forward-looking statements relate to the date on
which they are made. Westport disclaims any intention or obligation to
update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of
new information, future events or otherwise except as required by
National Instrument 51-102. The contents of any website, RSS feed or
Twitter account referenced in this press release are not incorporated
by reference herein.
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Westport Innovations Inc.