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Westport for Volvo & a Better 15-Liter

May 24, 2012 in CNG, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Westport Innovations spread the good news that Volvo is going ahead with Westport high pressure direct injection technology for a 13-liter natural gas (diesel ignition) engine for heavy duty trucks, and also trumpeted improvements to its own, Cummins ISX-based 15-liter HD.

The Volvo product “is scheduled to launch for the North American market in 2014,” Westport said.

Candidate for natural gas? Volvo Trucks' FMX is one of the vehicles now available with the firm's D13C diesel engine.

As disclosed earlier this year, “each partner will contribute significant resources and pay for its own people and costs of the program,” Westport said last week, adding, “Westport will lead the program. When the product is launched, Westport will supply its HD system components for an agreed upon amount per engine, comparable to other such arrangements previously announced.”

Volvo said that the new liquefied natural gas engine system will complement previously announced VNM and VNL model daycab trucks. Those trucks have spark ignition engines from Cummins Westport for dedicated methane operation, and afford operators the choice of CNG or LNG.

The new engine, termed by some a dual-fuel although the Westport system allows for a higher percentage of natural gas versus diesel, maintains the spark-less diesel cycle and according to Volvo “will deliver a 30% fuel efficiency improvement,” over the spark products.

Westport’s own new Westport HD 15L will be available in North America with up to 550 horsepower and 1850 lb-ft of torque, from early 2013.

Westport (NASDAQ:WPRT) is also talking up last week’s news that the government of British Columbia is allowing utilities there to spend up to $62 million on natural gas vehicle and ferry incentives, up to $12 million on compressed natural gas fueling stations, and up to $30.5 million on liquefied natural gas stations, for a total of $104.5 million.

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