VANCOUVER, B.C. — Westport Innovations Inc. announced that it has received a purchase order from BMW AG of Munich, Germany to support BMW Group Research and Technology on hydrogen internal combustion engine development.
The commitment is expected to cover work through September 2005.
Westport will provide fuel injection hardware and engineering support, including sets of Westport’s prototype hydrogen fuel injectors for testing at BMW Group facilities. Westport retains the intellectual property and ownership rights for the injectors. The advanced hydrogen injector design incorporates Westport’s patented and proprietary high pressure direct injection technology.
“Our new agreement with BMW Group is another demonstration of Westport’s gaseous-fueled engine technology leadership,” said Michael Gallagher, Westport’s Chief Operating Officer. “We are proud to be selected by BMW, one of the world’s leaders in high-performance engine design and development. Although hydrogen as a fuel for mass-produced vehicles remains some time away, it’s clear that the combination of low-cost internal combustion engines with the environmental benefits of hydrogen could be an important step towards sustainable mobility.”
BMW Group is one of the leading automotive partners in the European Integrated Hydrogen Project Phase II (EIHP2) and has been conducting trials with hydrogen-powered vehicles for decades.
More information about BMW Group’s hydrogen program is available on the Internet at www.bmwgroup.com/cleanenergy.
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