Westport Innovations Inc. unveiled Tuesday its next generation of high pressure direct injection technology platform.
Dubbed Westport HPDI 2.0, the new generation of natural gas technology will provide global vehicle and engine original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with a vertically integrated natural gas solution with breakthrough price, performance, and fuel economy.
Westport says its NexGen platform was developed to the most rigorous OEM quality standards. Westport HPDI 2.0 system components will offer ready integration into OEM operations globally, and provide an attractive way to reach scalable volume deliveries as natural gas markets mature and grow, the company says.
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“Where performance, emissions and efficiency matter, HPDI 2.0 offers benefits that will be irresistible to fleet customers shifting to natural gas in their operations,” says David Demers, CEO of Westport. “As the potential for natural gas is now apparent in all global vehicle and off-road markets, HPDI 2.0 will allow OEMs to introduce high performance, fully integrated products that match state of the art diesel performance, but can be produced without expensive and challenging investments in facilities, product development, and testing.”
Westport is now working with seven OEM applications with engine sizes ranging from trucks to trains at various stages of development with the goal of vertically integrated Westport HPDI 2.0 OEM product lines.
Westport announced in November that it would cease the sell and manufacture of its 15 liter natural gas engine.
Westport says its first generation HPDI systems have been delivered on more than 1,200 Peterbilt and Kenworth trucks since 2010, and in partnership with Peterbilt and Kenworth dealers, Westport will be able to offer compatible next generation system features to our existing customers, as some HPDI 2.0 components are applicable to first generation HPDI.
The benefits are expected to be reduced costs, improved components, and increased durability and performance, the company says.
Westport claims its HPDI 2.0 is the only natural gas technology capable of delivering performance and fuel economy equivalent to that of current high performance diesel-fueled engines, but with diesel substitution of over 90 percent, adding engines incorporating Westport HPDI 2.0 technology are engineered to be as similar to diesel-fueled versions as possible, minimizing capital investment and operational changes in the field.