VANCOUVER, June 27, 2012 /CNW/ - Westport Innovations Inc. (TSX: WPT)
(NASDAQ: WPRT), the global leader in natural gas engines, today
announced that it has entered into an additional agreement with General
Motors (NYSE: GM/TSX:GMM) for a second advanced technology development
program. Westport and GM are now developing two different combustion,
controls and emissions approaches to natural gas engines, with the
first cooperative technology project being announced in June 2011.
Both GM and Westport will continue to bring their extensive expertise to
develop natural gas engine controls, emissions and performance
strategies. This new program will optimize advanced natural gas
technologies and applications for maximum CO2 reduction and fuel
efficiency in light-duty vehicles.
"The expansion of our advanced natural gas technology collaboration with
GM provides the potential for greater fuel efficiency and reduced
greenhouse gas emissions for the industry and the consumer," said Ian
Scott, President of Westport Light Duty. "Our continued growth in
light-duty is an important part of Westport's overall commitment to
innovative natural gas transportation solutions."
Westport continues to be recognized as an advanced gaseous fuels
technology partner to global automotive manufacturers. To support OEM
programs that will enable personal and commercial vehicles to run on
natural gas, Westport Light Duty has recently established The Michigan
Technical Center in Plymouth, and has opened an assembly centre in
"We have an abundant, inexpensive, and domestic resource in the United
States, and there is great potential for natural gas vehicles to
realize better efficiency, environmental benefits, and cost savings,"
said John Lapetz, Vice President of Westport LD and Managing Director
North American Vehicle Programs.
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 helps
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 LD division is one of
the global leaders for natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)
fuel in passenger cars, light-duty trucks and industrial applications
such as forklifts. To learn more about our business, visit our website
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