Westport Innovations (NASDAQ:WPRT) said last week that it’s firmed up its supply agreement for the 15-liter engines used in its diesel-pilot Westport HD package for Class 8 trucks, and the firm has finally formally announced the 11.9-liter Cummins Westport spark-ignition engine.
The new pact with Cummins provides for the LNG-only Westport HD to be manufactured in the Cummins factory in Jamestown, N.Y. when volumes reach 1,500 units in any 12-month period.
The 11.9-liter engine, which was shown at the ACT Expo show in southern California last spring as a proof-of-concept product, will be called the ISX12 G. Production is expected to start in early 2013, also in Jamestown.
Cummins Westport will sell the ISX12 G in North America, and “Cummins will have the option of developing international versions of this new engine for markets outside North America.” The new geographic split will apply to the joint venture’s other engine products as well.
Westport and Cummins have amended various other terms of their joint venture agreement, which is now to last another ten years. Westport will name the first three-year president. Cummins heavy engines VP/GM Ed Pence has been named chairman.
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