Volvo Car Group Unveils V60 Bi-Fuel Car with Westport Natural Gas Fuel System
at NGV 2013 Gothenburg
VANCOUVER, June 11, 2013
VANCOUVER, June 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Westport Innovations Inc. (TSX:WPT /
NASDAQ:WPRT), the global leader in natural gas engines, today announced that
Volvo Car Group unveiled its new Volvo V60 Bi-Fuel car in conjunction with the
NGV 2013 Gothenburg event being held from June 11 to 13 at the Swedish
Exhibition Centre in Gothenburg, Sweden
Sales for the new product will start in October 2013 in Sweden.
"Demand for natural gas vehicles in Sweden is expected to increase in response
to the pending extension of the Government of Sweden alternative fuel tax
incentive program," said Ian Scott, Executive Vice President, Westport. "The
launch of this product provides a new option for corporate and municipal fleet
The new Volvo V60 Bi-Fuel car, with excellent green credentials, runs on
either compressed natural gas (CNG)/biomethane or petrol (gasoline), and is a
sporty estate car. With a powerful 213 horsepower engine, the Bi-Fuel system
offers a total driving range of 1,120 kilometers and when renewable CNG
(biomethane) is used as a vehicle fuel, greenhouse gas emissions are
significantly reduced compared to petrol. The new V60 will expand Volvo Car
Group's Bi-Fuel product line.
Westport and Volvo Car Group are currently in discussions to expand the Volvo
V60 Bi-Fuel car into other markets.
Since 2009, Westport - the sole supplier of natural gas fuel systems to Volvo
Car Group - has developed and installed natural gas systems for the Volvo V70
estate car at a facility located inside Volvo's main production centre in
Gothenburg, Sweden. Natural Gas Vehicles, a Global Strategic Business Report,
projects that the number of natural gas vehicles (NGVs) in Sweden will triple
between 2010 and 2018, from 31,179 to 92,657.
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 our RSS feed at
www.westport.com, or follow us on Twitter @WestportDotCom.
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 for
initial sales of the new V60 Bi-Fuel car and and estimated future number of
NGVs in Sweden. 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 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
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SOURCE Westport Innovations Inc.
Vice President, Investor Relations & Communications
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