Westport WiNG™ Power System on Ford F-Series Soon Available in Canada
~ Windsor Integration Centre to Serve Canadian Market ~
VANCOUVER, March 19, 2013 /CNW/ - Westport Innovations Inc. (TSX:WPT) /
(NASDAQ:WPRT), the global leader in natural gas engines, today announced that
the Ford F-Series Super Duty trucks with the Westport WiNG™ Power System
will soon be available to Canadian customers. To serve the Canadian market,
Westport is opening an integration centre in Windsor, Ontario with trucks
expected to be ready for delivery to customers by late June 2013.
Westport's Windsor Integration Centre (WWIC) is a dedicated Ford ship-through
plant about 52 kilometers (about 40 minutes) away from Westport's automotive
engineering hub in Plymouth, Michigan. Built at Ford's Kentucky Truck Plant,
the F-Series Super Duty trucks will be shipped to the 20,000 square feet WWIC
for installation of the bi-fuel compressed natural gas (CNG) and gasoline
Westport WiNG Power System. Once installed, trucks will be shipped to
customers using Ford's single-ship through transportation system, offering
customers efficiencies and cost savings in vehicle delivery.
"As a Vancouver-based company, we're excited that we can now make our Westport
WiNG Power System products available in Westport's home market," said Ian
Scott, Executive Vice President, Westport. "Canadian customers can now enjoy
the economic benefits of fleets that use a cleaner, domestic fuel that our
U.S. customers have been enjoying since the Westport system was introduced in
"Westport's product entry into the Canadian market demonstrates an increasing
awareness of the tremendous potential of natural gas transportation
technologies to reduce carbon emissions and contribute to Canada's economic
prosperity," added Alicia Milner, President of Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle
Alliance (CNGVA). "With Westport's bi-fuel trucks now available in Canada,
fleets will have an increasing selection of natural gas vehicles to choose
from that reduce their operating costs and lower fleet emissions."
Starting April 1, customers are expected to be able to order the Ford F-250
through F-550 Super Duty trucks equipped with either the 6.2-litre V8 or
6.8-litre V10 gasoline engines for use with the Westport WiNG Power System at
Westport authorized Ford dealerships throughout Canada.
The trucks delivered to Canadian customers will undergo the same rigorous
safety and durability testing required for all Ford original equipment
manufacturer (OEM) products. As a Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM), the
Ford vehicle and powertrain warranty remain intact, and the Westport system is
under full warranty through Westport with servicing performed through Westport
authorized Ford dealerships. The Westport-powered Ford Super Duty trucks are
designed to have a range of between 320 and 525 km on CNG alone subject to
tank size, plus an additional 700 km on gasoline with payback expected in
about two to three years, depending on distance driven.
Westport WiNG Power System meets all Canadian provincial and federal safety
standards and has received Transport Canada approval to affix the National
Safety Mark (NSM) to its vehicles offered for sale in Canada.
About Westport Innovations Inc.
Westport Innovations Inc. is a leading global supplier of proprietary
solutions that allow engines to operate on clean-burning fuels such as
compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), hydrogen, and
renewable natural gas (RNG) fuels such as landfill gas and help reduce
greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Westport technology offers advanced LNG
fueling systems with direct injection natural gas engine technology for
heavy-duty vehicles such as highway trucks and off-road applications such as
mining and rail. Westport's joint venture with Cummins Inc., Cummins
Westport Inc. designs, engineers and markets spark-ignited natural gas engines
for North American transportation applications such as trucks and buses.
Westport is also one of the global leaders for natural gas and liquefied
petroleum gas (LPG) fuel systems technology, design, and components in
passenger cars, light-duty trucks and industrial applications such as
forklifts. To learn more about our business, visit our website or subscribe to
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Note: This document contains forward-looking statements about Westport's
business, operations, technology development or the environment in which it
operates, which are based on Westport's estimates, forecasts and projections.
These statements include specifically, statements regarding the timing and
available of the Westport WiNG Power System in Canada, range and payback
specifications and expectations and the date for opening of the referenced
integration centre. These statements are not guarantees of future
performance, are based on a number of assumptions and involve known and
unknown risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict, or are beyond
Westport's control including the development of competing products and
technologies, availability and supply of natural gas, price and supply of
gasoline, timing of execution of agreements with dealers, distributors and
other counterparties, and other risk factors and assumptions that may affect
our actual results, performance or achievements. Consequently, readers should
not place any undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. In addition,
these forward-looking statements relate to the date on which they are made.
Westport disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any
forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future
events or otherwise except as required by National Instrument 51-102. The
contents of any website, RSS feed or Twitter account referenced in this press
release are not incorporated by reference herein.
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Investor Inquiries: Darren Seed Vice President, Investor Relations &
Communications Westport Innovations Inc. Phone: 604-718-2046
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