VANCOUVER, Feb. 27, 2013 /CNW/ - Westport Innovations Inc. (TSX:WPT /
NASDAQ: WPRT), the global leader in natural gas engines, today announced
that its proven Westport WiNG™ Power System, a compressed natural gas
(CNG) bi-fuel system, will be available for order on the Ford F-450 and
F-550 Super Duty Chassis Cab trucks starting April 1, 2013. The trucks
will make their debut at next week's National Truck Equipment
Association Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Assembled alongside the popular Westport powered Ford F-250 and F-350
trucks at the Westport Kentucky Integration Center (WKIC), a Ford
Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) audited facility, the new F-450 and
F-550 trucks have undergone the same rigorous testing for safety and
durability used by Ford for all its original equipment manufacturer
(OEM) products. With the WKIC located adjacent to Ford's Kentucky Truck
Plant, the 2013 F-450 and F-550 trucks will use the same integrated
transportation system as other Westport powered Ford products to reduce
delivery costs to the customer.
Available exclusively for order at Westport authorized Ford dealerships,
the Ford F-450 and F-550 Super Duty Chassis Cab trucks with the
Westport WiNG Power System are delivered key-READY™ to customers and
come with a warranty that matches the Ford warranty for all similar
powertrain and emissions components.
"The expansion of our product line builds upon our proven technology of
the Westport WiNG Power System and extends our product availability to
a different end user," said John Lapetz, Vice President Westport LD and
Managing Director, North American Vehicle Programs. "With a higher
degree of application flexibility and increased gross vehicle weight,
the Ford F-450 and F-550 Super Duty trucks allow us to grow a solid
footprint with customers who were not serviced with the Ford F-250 and
F-350 CNG bi-fuel trucks."
The new Ford F-450 and F-550 Super Duty trucks with the Westport WiNG
Power System are an ideal application for fleets in natural resource
industries, construction, delivery, public utilities as well as
government and transit operators. The trucks offer fleets the
opportunity to use a cleaner, domestic fuel that offers savings between
30 to 60 percent with payback demonstrated in as little as two years.
For commercial fleet customers that require the Ford F-450 and F-550
Super Duty Chassis Cab trucks to be equipped to handle various jobsite
environments, commercial vehicle bodies can be used with the Westport
WiNG bi-fuel system.
"In partnership with service body companies based in Louisville,
Kentucky, Westport will integrate the Westport WiNG Power System on the
Ford F-450 and F-550 trucks with second unit bodies," said John Howell,
Senior Director, Marketing, Westport. "Many standard configurations
exist for bodies with a minimum of 84CA used in combination with a tank
pack and custom bi-fuel configurations can be engineered for virtually
any second-unit body with a minimum order of 10 units."
Starting at an industry leading price of $9,500, the Westport WiNG Power
System is integrated on the 6.8-liter V10 engine of the Ford F-450 and
F-550 trucks and offers a combined fuel range of approximately 650
miles (at nine MPG) with maximum CNG capacity (42 gasoline gallon
equivalent) and a standard 40-gallon gasoline tank capacity. For
customers who want to eliminate the anxiety of operating on natural gas
only, the Super Duty trucks with the Westport system will run on
conventional gasoline once the CNG fuel is depleted.
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 subscribe to our
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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 for introduction of the natural gas versions of
the Ford F-450 and F-550 trucks, the price of natural gas and savings
and payback period based on a conversion to natural gas as a
transportation fuel. 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 for certifications, timing of
execution of agreements with distributors, 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
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