Natural gas engines developer Westport Innovations Inc., is taking its first natural gas pick-up truck on a promotional road trip across the Eastern USA, from May 21 to 24. Driving entirely on compressed natural gas (CNG), a team from Westport Innovations will make the 700 mile drive in the brand new Westport WiNG powered bi-fuel Ford F-250 Super Duty truck. Stops are planned in Cleveland, OH; Canton, OH; Pittsburgh, PA; and Pottstown, PA, where the public will have the chance to view and drive this low carbon fuel vehicle.
Westport says that while there are currently fewer natural gas fueling stations than traditional gasoline stations, the natural gas station numbers are growing, and it’s now possible to do a long-haul trip entirely on natural gas. This natural gas-powered Ford F-250 has a 300 mile driving range on CNG alone, and a 650 mile range with both CNG and gasoline tanks full.
“This drive is a chance to highlight all the advantages CNG offers as a fuel for light trucks,” said John Howell, Senior Director, Marketing and Development, Westport LD. “It specifically shows that natural gas availability is growing, and it’s possible to make very long journeys by planning your fuel stops in advance.”
Bi-fuel capability, provided by the Westport WiNG Power System, eliminates the risk or anxiety in long distance driving. As the number of CNG stations grows, it will become easier to do extended drives on CNG alone. Using natural gas for transportation fuel saves money, improves the environment and will help to reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil.
“The new Westport Wing Power System available through Ford continues to show that the OEMs are serious about using CNG and LNG as a transportation fuel,” said Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities Executive Director Rick Price. “Westport, who has been in the leader for years in the heavy duty market, brings its technology to the light duty market. We are excited because fleets are interested in CNG and LNG in this area and numerous refueling stations are to be installed in the next two years. Alternative fueled vehicles are definitely on the increase in Western Pennsylvania.”
As a Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM), Westport LD has developed an advanced, fully integrated, bi-fuel system that meets or exceeds original equipment manufacturing (OEM) standards. The WiNG Power System is designed, built, installed and delivered key ready to customers through Westport LD authorized Ford dealers/distributors and is covered by the Ford warranty.
Westport WiNG powered Ford F-250s and F-350s will begin delivery to customers this quarter.
(This article compiled using information fro a Westport Innovations Inc. press release)