Westport strikes deal with Clean Energy, bolsters Ford foothold

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Westport Innovations said Friday it has acquired BAF Technologies and ServoTech Engineering, Inc. from Clean Energy Fuels Corp. for $25 million in Westport stock. 

The move secures Westport’s position as Ford’s largest partner under the Qualified Vehicle Modifier program with more than 10 products and approximately 150 Ford authorized dealerships, and increases Westport’s product range with the Ford line to include transit, cargo shuttle and taxi vehicles and dedicated natural gas vehicles for markets such as California.

Currently, Westport exclusively installs the natural gas Westport WiNG Power System on the Ford F-250 through F-550 series at its assembly center in Louisville, Ky.

Westport says the joint entity creates the largest product portfolio and largest market presence in the North American light-duty natural gas vehicle market. 

“BAF has established a strong portfolio of natural gas vehicle products and customers over the past decade,” said Ian Scott, Executive Vice President of Westport. “With natural gas increasingly seen as a major transportation fuel around the world, we believe the combination of these new teams’ market experience and Westport’s technologies, scalable manufacturing processes and quality control systems will help create the type of products needed to deliver an OEM-quality vehicle experience to our customers.”

BAF provides vehicle conversions through the Ford QVM program and aftermarket conversion products, alternative fuel systems, application engineering, service and warranty support. ServoTech offers engineering solutions from initial concept phase to prototype hardware and final prove-out, including design and development of electronic products, software development, automotive exhaust simulation and testing, spark-ignition gasoline and diesel emissions technology, and offers technical training and education in a variety of subject areas.