~Westport WiNG™ On Display at ACT Expo ~
LONG BEACH, CA, May 5, 2014 /CNW/ - Westport Innovations Inc. (TSX:WPT)
(NASDAQ: WPRT), engineering the world's most advanced natural gas
engines and vehicles, announces that the only California Air Resources
Board and EPA certified Ford F-150, featuring the Westport WiNG™ Power
System, is being debuted during the Alternative Clean Transportation
Expo (ACT) in Long Beach, and will be on display May 6 to 8.
Unveiling the new model at this year's ACT Expo was a natural decision,
says Paul Shaffer, Westport's Vice President and Managing Director of
North American Ford business.
"California is one of the most promising states for the adoption of
natural gas vehicles, thanks to the wide network of natural gas
stations and the attractive incentives available to drivers and fleet
owners," says Paul. "California is arguably one of the most
significant natural gas vehicle markets in the US. The F-150 is a
significant fleet vehicle, as some fleets prefer its smaller size."
While natural gas vehicles have grown in popularity for applications
such as shipping and transit - in fact, some of the first Westport
technology ever deployed was in California for buses at Berkeley
University - few people are aware of their widespread use, economic
and environmental benefits, and the growing number of options for
California represents an important market for natural gas vehicles, and
according to the California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition, the state's
natural gas fueling infrastructure is the most extensive in the United
States—with nearly 600 public and private natural gas stations at the
beginning of 2012.
With gasoline averaging $3.71 a gallon in the United States (US Energy
Administration Information), and compressed natural gas averaging $2.11
per gasoline gallon equivalent (CNGnow), there's a clear price
advantage to operating on natural gas, particularly for high-mileage
And mileage is key with the Westport WiNG powered Ford F-150, offering
equivalent fuel economy, fuel capacity and mileage to a traditional
Westport received certification from CARB for its 2014 model year
Westport WiNG™ Ford F-150 3.7 L pickup truck with the dedicated
compressed natural gas (CNG) system in April. CARB certified vehicles
meet all applicable California emission regulations.
The Ford F-150 pickup truck, which is also certified by the
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), runs on CNG and is available
with a 17 gasoline gallon equivalent (GGE), 23 GGE tank, or an industry
leading 27 GGE. The existing Ford OEM warranty remains intact, and is
matched by the Westport warranty for all like components. All Westport
operated trucks undergo the same safety testing required for all Ford
original equipment manufacturer (OEM) products.
Westport has also received certification in April from the EPA for its
2015 model year Ford F-250 and F-350, 6.2 L super duty trucks with the
Westport WiNG™ bi-fuel CNG system. EPA certified vehicles meet the
EPA's emission standards.
The Westport WiNG operated Ford F-250 and F-350 trucks run on both
gasoline and CNG and are available with a 17 GGE or 23 GGE tank, or a
variety of combinations using underbody tanks. The existing Ford
warranty remains intact, and is matched by the Westport warranty for
all like components. All trucks with the Westport WiNG Power System
undergo the same safety testing required for all Ford OEM products.
Westport,as the leading partner that is in Ford's Qualified Vehicle
Modifier (QVM) program, provides OEM quality parts and production
Visit Westport's website for more information about our bi-fuel and
dedicated CNG Ford vehicles at: http://www.westport.com/products/automotive/.
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
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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 are not guarantees of future
performance and involve risks and uncertainties that are difficult to
predict, or are beyond Westport's control. 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.
SOURCE: Westport Innovations Inc.
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