Volvo Cars Taps Westport for Bi-Fuel Drive-E Engines for 2016
Vancouver-based Westport Innovations said this week that Sweden’s Volvo Cars will be the first OEM to use its combustion technology for bi-fuel compressed natural gas-gasoline bi-fuel vehicles.
The Drive-E powertrain will be used on Volvo’s new 2-liter, direct injection, four-cylinder engine, to be available on the 2016 Volvo V60 and V70 2016 cars.
With 245 horsepower/350 N·m in torque and emissions as low as 40 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer (according to the Swedish Transport Administration’s calculation method), it’s “expected to be one of the greenest, most powerful natural gas engines in the world,” Westport says.
‘A Turnkey Solution’
“This new powertrain consisting of Volvo’s new Drive-E petrol engine paired with Westport’s gas technology in a highly efficient bi-fuel engine, will offer customers a very competitive combination of high performance and low emissions,” Volvo special products VP Anders Gustavsson said in a release.
“Westport has provided a turnkey solution that includes technology research and development, production, installation and market support,” said Westport Sweden managing director Anders Johansson.
Beyond Sweden? Westport Is Amenable
“As gasoline engines evolve, it is critical that OEMs offer natural gas versions of these engines that retain the expected performance while providing the environmental and economical benefits of compressed natural gas,” he said.
Westport says that the Volvo bi-fuel option has thus far been available only in Sweden, but that “Westport is open to introducing this model in other EU markets depending on customer demand.”
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