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Pensacola, Westport Stress CNG Readiness

April 18, 2016 in CNG, NGVs, training by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Set Specs, Insist on QVM/OEM Vehicles, Don’t Mess with Old Ones
As Westport Offers Free CNG Training at Its Upfit Facility in Dallas

The City of Pensacola has been successful with its modest fleet of compressed natural gas-fueled vehicles because it set stringent specifications when buying its NGVs, has insisted on getting QVM/qualified vehicle modifier (or OEM) products, and has not attempted to retrofit existing vehicles for CNG.

CleanFuel USA Files Under Chapter 11

April 8, 2016 in Companies, event, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Expects DiP Financing ‘to Allow for an Orderly Reorganization,’
Is Meanwhile Exhibiting at This Weekend’s NPGA Sow in Nashville

Propane autogas equipment and services provider CleanFuel USA filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this week, stating that it is seeking to restructure its debts to obtain debtor-in-possession financing to allow for an orderly reorganization. updated April 13

Propane Autogas at the Work Truck Show

March 1, 2016 in Conference/Meeting, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Westport Weighs in with a Dedicated Propane Ford F-150,
Alliance AutoGas to Convert One to Bi-Fuel Operation On-Site

Proponents of propane autogas as a vehicle fuel are going all out at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis this week. Westport, known best for compressed natural gas, is showing a dedicated-propane Ford F-150. Alliance AutoGas will convert a Ford F-150 to propane-gasoline bi-fuel operation at the show this Thursday morning, March 3.

Westport Reports CNG Certifications

January 11, 2016 in ACT Expo 2015, certifications, CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Federal Approval of Both Dedicated and Bi-Fuel CNG F-150s,
EPA Also Certifies Westport for CNG E-450 with 6.8-Liter Engine

Westport has secured U.S. EPA certification of its dedicated-compressed natural gas and CNG-gasoline bi-fuel versions of model year Ford F-150 pickups, says Paul Shaffer, VP and managing director of the company’s Dallas upfit center.

Westport Systems for 400 Sweden Taxis

November 24, 2015 in CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Options Could Bring the Total for FVG to 640 CNG Volvo V70s

Westport reported an order in Sweden for at least 400 Volvo V70 taxis using its bi-fuel compress natural gas-gasoline fuel systems. The buyer is FVG/Fågelviksgruppen, which operates some 6,000 taxis in such fleets as TaxiKurir, Taxi 020, Taxi Skåne, and TaxisNorge.

Westport Reports Volvo HPDI Progress

October 21, 2015 in Companies, NGVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘New Agreements and Key Milestone Towards HPDI 2.0 Production’

Westport reports new agreements with Volvo Group “governing the development, commercial launch and supply of Westport High Pressure Direct Injection (HPDI) 2.0 technology in its heavy-duty trucks over the next several years.”

Westport & Gazprom Tackle Russia’s NGVs

October 9, 2015 in CNG, Companies, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Emphasis on Components by Westport Subsidiary Emer

Westport has disclosed a market development agreement with Gazprom “focused on expanding the use of natural gas vehicles in Russia and the localization of manufacturing of Westport’s Emer brand natural gas products.”

Westport Branches to Propane Autogas

July 7, 2015 in Companies, New Products, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Dedicated Liquid-Injection for F-150 to Meet EPA & California Standards:
‘We Are Evolving to a Full-Service Alternative Fuel Provider,’ Says Shaffer

Westport said today that it will offer dedicated, liquid propane systems for 2016 Ford F-150 trucks with the 5.0-liter engine, augmenting the upfitter’s compressed natural gas systems for the vehicle type.

Ford (Re-) Flexes Its Alt Fuels Muscles

May 4, 2015 in ACT Expo 2015, New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

This Time It’s the Gas-Prep 5.0 to Benefit CNG and Propane Vehicles

Ford has pledged to release a gaseous-prep version of its 5.0-liter spark-ignition V-8 engine for 2016, paving the way for increased sales of propane autogas- and CNG-powered versions of the popular F-150 pickup.

Phoenix Parking: Prins via Blue Star

March 17, 2015 in Fleet Order, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Arizona Fleet Has Cut Its Fuel Bill in Half with Propane Autogas
As Upfitter and Fuel Supplier Blue Star Active Now in Five States

Sky Harbor Airport Parking in Phoenix has saved 50% in fuel costs compared with gasoline while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20.8 tons just six months after converting its ten airport shuttles to propane autogas, upfitter Blue Star Gas reported this morning.

Westport for Dealers and for DFW Airport

November 7, 2014 in CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

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.

Westport CNG Ford Transits for 2015

July 22, 2014 in CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Dedicated-CNG Westport WiNG Upfits for Vans and Cutaways

Westport is adding to its 2015 model year line-up of compressed natural gas Ford vehicles, offering dedicated-CNG versions of Ford’s new Transit van and cutaway models. The all-CNG vehicles will be both U.S. EPA- and California Air Resources Board-certified, Westport says. updated July 25

Westport WiNG for 2015 Transit Connect

June 3, 2014 in CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Dedicated-CNG and Bi-Fuel Upfits for the 2015 Model

Westport is expanding its 2015 vehicle lineup with two compressed natural gas fueling options for the Ford Transit Connect – dedicated-CNG and CNG-gasoline bi-fuel Westport WiNG packages.

Westport for U-Haul CNG Rentals

May 12, 2014 in ACT Expo 2014, Alternative Fuels, CNG, NGVs, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Ford E-450 Cutaway Chassis Truck Displayed by Westport

Westport displayed a CNG-fueled Ford E-450 cutaway chassis U-Haul box truck with at ACT Expo 2014.

Westport Light-Duty Webinar on March 26

March 6, 2014 in Conference/Meeting, Education by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Considerations to Take, Plans to Make, Resources Available’

Westport is hosting a Building Your Light-Duty Natural Gas Fleet webinar on March 26. The hour-long session will be led by Westport sales and marketing VP Mark Aubry.

Leggett & Platt Runs Alt Fuels Gamut

March 4, 2014 in NGVs, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Four CNG Systems, One Propane, Three Different Hybrids,
Taking Over & Moving Westport’s Canada Pickup Operation

Leggett & Platt CVP is advising customers of a full range of gaseous fuel and hybrid drive offerings at this week’s NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. The firm is ranging beyond CNG for Ford vans using Landi Renzo USA hardware to CNG systems for GM and Chrysler vehicles, propane autogas for a wide range of vehicles, and hybrids: electric, plug-in electric, and hydraulic.

Westport GEMDi and WP580 with Tata

February 17, 2014 in NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Westport Promotes New Dual Fuel and Spark-Ignition Engines
Targeting Enormous Potential Market with India’s Tata Motors

Westport is promoting two new engines, developed with India’s Tata Motors, targeting “one of the world’s largest truck and bus markets.” The first is a 5-liter natural gas-diesel dual fuel engine using a proprietary technology Westport calls GEMDi, for gas enhanced methane diesel. The second is a 3.8-liter turbocharged spark-ignition employing an engine management system dubbed Westport WP580. updated February 18

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