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Westport and GM Ink Second Pact

June 28, 2012 in CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Westport Innovations (NASDAQ:WPRT) has disclosed a second agreement on engines for natural gas vehicles, having announced the first one year ago.

On the job at Westport LD’€™s WKIC –“ the Westport Kentucky Integration Center, which formally opened its doors on June 26, adjacent to Ford’s assembly plant in Louisville. Now Westport has publicized a second natural gas vehicle development program with GM.

“Westport and GM are now developing two different combustion, controls and emissions approaches to natural gas engines,” Westport says – with the new program focused on light duty vehicles.

Westport, after carving a name for itself in heavy duty engines for NGVs, last year branched into light duty, establishing Westport LD with an upfit system dubbed Westport WiNG.

Westport LD opened its Westport Kentucky Integration Center adjacent to Ford’s assembly plant in Louisville on Tuesday, and on Wednesday announced its second pact with GM.

‘Great Potential for Natural Gas 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,” Westport Light Duty president Ian Scott said in a release.

“Our continued growth in light-duty is an important part of Westport’s overall commitment to innovative natural gas transportation solutions,” Scott said.

Westport has a Michigan Technical Center in Plymouth, too.

“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, Westport LD VP and managing director, North American Vehicle Programs.

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Westport LD, VP John Lapetz, 248-924-3120;

Westport LD, Patrick Walsh, 734-233-6874;; or

GM, Joyce Mattman, 313-667-8695;

GM, Mike Jones, 313-665-5826;;

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