His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf, H.R.H. Prince Carl Philip, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada and additional delegates called upon Westport’s installation facility inside the Volvo Car assembly plant in Gothenburg, Sweden last week. The recognition of Westport with a tour of its facility was part of an official State visit to the Kingdom of Sweden focused on technology, innovation and sustainability as well as strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries.
“We were honoured to showcase the mutual interests in innovation, technology and sustainability to our Royal guests and the Governor General of Canada,” said Anders Johansson, Managing Director, Westport AB (Westport), a Westport Fuel Systems Inc. (Westport Fuel Systems) .
His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf, H.R.H. Prince Carl Philip, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada and additional delegates toured the Westport facility where they met with company representatives to learn about Westport’s advanced natural gas technology integrated with the Volvo Car platform — a concrete example of integrated production between Canada and Sweden. Westport and Volvo Car are working together to provide customers with leading natural gas technology, great performance and ultimately a low-emissions profile.
The recently launched V90 Bi-Fuel, primarily focused on taxi and fleet customers, demonstrates this ability to provide both a superior driving experience and excellent environmental benefits. This vehicle is based on the same engine technology as the Volvo V60, another model offered with a Bi-Fuel option, developed and brought to market through the collaboration of Westport and Volvo Car.
Royal visitors were also able to see firsthand, components of Westport High Pressure Direct Injection 2.0 technology, a proprietary low carbon solution for the transportation sector with the ability to use renewable natural gas or biomethane. Components of “Westport™ HPDI” technology were brought on location specifically for their visit to highlight the spectrum of solutions available from automotive to heavy duty and high-horsepower applications. Following the tour, a roundtable discussion took place on innovation and environmental sustainability.
“The visit by the King of Sweden and Governor General of Canada is a testament to the value Westport brings to the design, development and production of technology that reduces emissions from Sweden’s transport sector,” said Per-Inge Kruse, Customer Director, Westport AB.
“With operations in Sweden and core technology roots in Canada, Westport exemplifies strong bilateral relations between the two countries,” said Peter Timring, Director, Operations, Westport AB. “This is further strengthened by the partnership and support of our two governments.”
Westport is an NGV Global Corporate member.