Westport expands beyond California ports

VANCOUVER — Westport Innovations has made inroads in the heavy-duty truck market largely due to California’s Clean Port Truck Program, but are now branching out.

The B.C.-based manufacturer of alternative fuel, low-emissions transportation technologies, announced that HayDay Farms of Blythe, Calif. has ordered 20 heavy-duty liquefied natural gas (LNG) trucks featuring Westport‘s High Pressure Direct Injection (HPDI) technology.

The HPDI technology will allow HayDay’s new Kenworth T800 trucks to operate in regional haul applications with the same power and efficiency as a diesel engine and provide improved economic and environmental benefits by running natural gas.

"At over US$4 per gallon for diesel and the natural gas equivalent at approximately US$3 per gallon, purchasing LNG trucks delivering the same torque and efficiency just makes sense," said Dale Tyson, vice-president of HayDay Farms.

Based on the Cummins ISX diesel engine with cooled EGR, Westport’s LNG version of the engine offers the same horsepower, torque and efficiency as the base diesel engine rating it is replacing. The Westport LNG system is 2007 EPA and CARB certified to 0.8g/bhp-hr NOx and 0.01g/bhp-hr PM.

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