Designed to meet both EPA 2012 and CARB 2012 standards
After years of successful engagement in the heavy-duty trucking industry, Westport Innovations Inc. is now making fully-integrated, cost-effective solutions available in light-duty vehicles with the Westport WiNG™ Power System—an advanced, integrated, bi-fuel (natural gas / gasoline) system for fleet customers of passenger and commercial vehicles. As part of a product launch with Ford Super Duty Pickup Trucks, Westport LD has unveiled the new WiNG™ system for the Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty pickup trucks, to be sold and serviced through authorized Ford dealers.
Westport says WiNG™ System trucks have double the driving range of gasoline trucks—about 600 miles (960 km). The F-250 and F-350 pickup trucks, based on Ford’s new 6.2L hardened engine platform, can also run on ordinary gasoline and offer unparalleled drivability.
“We’re seeing strong customer interest across the spectrum from fleets of all shapes and sizes for a factory-validated product, as more and more owners understand the economic and operational benefits of a cleaner fuel that’s sourced right here in North America,” said Ian Scott, President of Westport LD.
“The WiNG™ system is specifically designed to deliver best-in-class performance, reliability and efficiency,” noted John Lapetz, Managing Director, North American Vehicle Programs at Westport LD. “Our customers will benefit from the best natural gas technology in the industry along with the confidence and quality of the Ford name and the strength of their dealer network.”
The Ford F-250 and F-350 pickups with the bi-fuel Westport WiNG™ Power System have undergone the same rigorous Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) testing for safety and durability required for all OEM products. Engineered at the new Westport technical facility in Plymouth Michigan, WiNG™ systems will be installed and the trucks will be ready to roll when they reach authorized Ford dealers. They are designed to meet both EPA 2012 and CARB 2012 standards.
Westport will demonstrate the WiNG™-powered F-250 through a “ride and drive” at the Green Fleets conference in Grapevine, Texas on October 3rd and 4th and at the Natural Gas Vehicle Association (NGVA) conference in Fort Worth, Texas on October 20th to 23rd. The F-250 and F-350 pickup trucks are expected to ship in the second quarter of 2012.
The F-Series has been America’s bestselling truck line for more than 30 years. The economics and performance of natural gas powered trucks provide an ideal application for utility companies, delivery, and energy-industry fleets, as well as government and transit operators.
(This article primarily compiled using information from a Westport Innovations, Inc. press release)