For Delivery, Utility, Energy-Industry Fleets & Government
Westport Innovations says it will expand its line-up of Westport WiNG natural gas vehicle upfits to include Ford F-450 and F-550 Super Duty trucks in mid-2013, complementing existing F-250 and F-350 offerings.
“The timing is right,” Westport LD North America vehicle programs VP John Lapetz said in a Monday release. “Our CNG bifuel systems for Ford F-250 and F-350 trucks have been very well received and as a result, our customers are making increasing requests for customized options and natural gas trucks with higher gross weights.”
Westport says it’s looking to serve delivery and utility companies, energy-industry fleets and government. New 2013 F-450 and F-550 trucks will be converted to compressed natural gas-gasoline bi-fuel operation at WKIC, the Westport Kentucky Integration Center on Louisville, a Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM-audited) facility adjacent to Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant.
More Body Options Too
“Consistent with the WiNG System powered F-250s and F-350s that are currently built at WKIC, the new models will be assembled using a fully integrated system and will undergo the same rigorous validation for safety and durability used by Ford,” Westport says. “Trucks will be delivered using the Ford transportation system providing cost efficiencies in delivery to the end customer.”
Westport said too that it is “developing relationships with service body companies to offer installation of second unit bodies on its F-250 and F-350 pickup trucks… customers may now choose the option to install second unit bodies with a single ship through, saving significant time and delivery costs.
“These service body options will also be available on the new F-450 and F-550 models.”
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Source: Westport Innovations with Fleets & Fuels follow-up