Target Light-Duty Vehicles and Medium-Duty Buses in India
VANCOUVER, Feb. 12, 2014 /CNW/ - Westport Innovations (TSX:WPT /
NASDAQ: WPRT), engineering the world's most advanced natural gas engines
and vehicles, and Tata Motors Limited, India's largest automobile
company, today launched a new spark-ignited (SI) natural gas 3.8L
turbocharged engine featuring the Westport WP580 Engine Management
System (EMS). Designed to support many engine configurations, the
Westport WP580 EMS is also scheduled to be applied to Tata's 5.7L
engine targeting medium-duty applications in late 2014.
"By combining our unique technology and Tata's leadership in India's
commercial vehicles market, we are able to introduce new natural gas
products and target the mainstream transportation markets in one of the
world's fastest growing markets for natural gas vehicles," said Thomas
Rippon, Executive Vice President of Westport. "The Westport WP580
offers breakthrough price, performance, and flexibility for OEMs
allowing them to use this advanced technology even in cost-effective
markets such as China and India."
"India has one of the largest natural gas light-duty vehicle fleets in
the world, and we see an enormous opportunity for natural gas trucks
and buses with the development of fueling infrastructure," said
Rajendra Petkar, Head Power Systems Engineering, ERC of Tata Motors.
"By expanding our portfolio of natural gas engines, we are focused on
increasing our market share of the natural gas vehicle and engine
The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) indicates that India is
the fourth largest energy consumer in the world. Vehicles are the
country's second-largest consumer of energy (18%) after industry (42%),
according to Thomson Reuters Foundation, and rising vehicle numbers and
fuel prices have implications both for India's economy and its energy
security. Westport believes that the adoption of natural gas as a
transportation fuel will help reduce India's dependence on petroleum to
meet the country's energy demand and improve local air quality
challenges. Building upon Westport's natural gas components and
aftermarket business in India, Westport is now establishing its OEM
footprint with Tata Motors.
The Westport WP580 EMS is a highly configurable system that has been
specifically developed for spark ignited, dedicated natural gas engine
applications and can be integrated with a wide range of proprietary
Westport fuel system components for flexible vehicle design and
production. Its advanced combustion control technology can optimize the
engine for class leading fuel economy, torque, and power while meeting
existing and future emissions and onboard diagnostic requirements.
Westport has also set a new benchmark with the WP580, with industry
leading price performance and value, allowing natural gas vehicles to
be competitively priced with petroleum-based vehicles.
Key features of Westport WP580 EMS:
Unique engine control strategies: The Westport WP580 EMS is specifically tailored to maximize the
performance of the base engine. Key benefits include reduced fuel
consumption and emissions, increased vehicle load carrying capabilities
with launch torque, and integrated vehicle functionality.
Compatible and cost-effective design with natural gas components: With proven OEM track record, these natural gas components such as
electronic control units and spark plugs have been fully validated for
the application and manufactured to automotive industry quality
standards resulting in high levels of reliability and lower cost.
Meeting current and future emissions profile: The system is designed to meet Euro VI emission standards.
Tata's SI natural gas 3.8L turbocharged engine featuring the Westport
WP580 EMS was displayed at India's Auto Expo in New Delhi, India, from
February 7 to 11.
India is one of the world's largest commercial vehicles markets. Its
total annual light-duty vehicle fleet and commercial sales are
projected to reach over 204,000 units in 2014 according to the Natural
Gas Vehicles report published by Navigant Research in June 2013. In
addition, its total annual medium- and heavy-duty truck and bus sales
are projected to reach over 289,000 units in 2014, according to the
Natural Gas Trucks and Buses report published by Navigant Research at
the end of 2013. Tata's 3.8L and 5.7L engine with Westport WP580 EMS
are primarily targeted for light-duty vehicles and medium-duty buses in
India. The combined addressable market is projected to be more than
493,000 units in 2014 based on Westport analysis.
Westport engineers the world's most advanced natural gas engines and
vehicles. More than that, we are fundamentally changing the way the
world travels the roads, rails and seas. We work with original
equipment manufacturers (OEMs) worldwide from design through to
production, creating products to meet the growing demand for vehicle
technology that will reduce both emissions and fuel costs. To learn
more about our business, visit westport.com, subscribe to our RSS feed, or follow us on Twitter @WestportDotCom.
About Tata Motors
Tata Motors is India's largest automobile company, with consolidated
revenues of Rs. 1,88,818 crores ($ 34.7 billion) in 2012-13. Through
subsidiaries and associate companies, Tata Motors has operations in the
UK, South Korea, Thailand, South Africa and Indonesia. Among them is
Jaguar Land Rover, the business comprising the two iconic British
brands. It also has an industrial joint venture with Fiat in India.
With over 8 million Tata vehicles plying in India, Tata Motors is the
country's market leader in commercial vehicles and among the top in
passenger vehicles. It is also the world's fifth largest truck
manufacturer and fourth largest bus manufacturer. Tata cars, buses and
trucks are being marketed in several countries in Europe, Africa, the
Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, South America, CIS and
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 future release and timing of new products, including the
application of the Westport WP580 EMS to Tata's 5.7L engine, migration
to direct injection natural gas and anticipated market trends and
projected markets and sales figures. 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 distributors, manufacturers 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.
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new information, future events or otherwise except as required by
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