New Natural Gas Vehicle Inventory Plan for 2015
As Dallas Airport Orders Another 71 WiNG Buses
Westport is launching a stocking program it says “will see its natural gas vehicles available at select Ford dealerships across the United States,” and talking up its close relationship with DFW, the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, which operates some 450 alternative fuel vehicles and has just ordered 71 new shuttle buses converted to dedicated-compressed natural gas operation by Westport – in Dallas.
The “Westport Stocking Program” is to be functional early in 2015. The idea, says the company, “is to have product readily available for purchase without having to wait for the vehicle to be built – it is expected to reduce customer wait times by up to 120 days.”
Dealers in Oklahoma, Texas, Alabama, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Florida will maintain inventories of Westport WiNG Power System CNG vehicles including Ford F-250 pickups, the F-59 strip chassis, and Ford’s new Transit Van.
“This is a game-changer,” Westport Dallas VP and managing director Paul Shaffer said in a release. “The wait time will be cut to as little as a couple of days from placement of order to receipt of vehicle.
“This allows fleets to take advantage of the benefits of CNG that much quicker,” Shaffer said. Westport is also promoting a “Drive Now with CNG” program for the Transit.
Close to home, the DFW airport fleet includes CNG-fueled Ford F-150s ranging up to F-550s, with passenger cars, dump trucks, shuttle and transit buses. Some of the buses have the 8.9-liter Cummins Westport ISL G engine.
CNG Commitment at DFW
Airport fleet manager Robert Heller said in a recent Westport blog post that he’s starting to phase out his model year 2000 NGVs because the fuel tanks are expiring. DFW shuttle buses are replaced every few years due to high mileage demands.
“All airport employees who drive or maintain NGVs receive training on how to operate the vehicles and practice safe fueling procedures with CNG,” Westport says. Heller himself took a CNG certification training course and has trained fleet and maintenance managers at DFW.
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Source: Westport with Fleets & Fuels follow-up