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AVL and Westport partner to deliver next-generation HPDI technology for natural gas engines

Westport Innovations and AVL have entered into an agreement to deliver next-generation High Pressure Direct Injection (HPDI) natural gas technology. (Earlier post.)

This agreement enables Westport and AVL to leverage Westport’s proprietary HPDI 2.0 natural gas technology, along with AVL’s engine and powertrain development capabilities, proprietary techniques and global market reach, for timely delivery of solutions to OEMs.

AVL has been delivering advanced powertrain solutions to global OEMs for decades and will work with Westport to market and provide the HPDI 2.0 solutions to customers for rapid adoption.

AVL and Westport will collaborate through shared technology and engineering processes, and the companies will establish a Strategic Governance Group to provide long-term relationship oversight. Meanwhile, OEM customers will continue to source HPDI 2.0 components and technology directly from Westport. For competitive reasons, further terms and conditions of the agreement have not been disclosed.

Westport HPDI 2.0 delivers performance and fuel economy equivalent to that of current high performance diesel-fueled engines. This combination of high performance and high efficiency is critical for heavy-duty engines in demanding commercial applications. HPDI 2.0 is fully compatible with natural gas from renewable sources.

As concern about transportation greenhouse gas emissions continues to grow, one of the simplest and cost-effective approaches for OEMs is to offer HPDI 2.0 natural gas versions of their commercial vehicles. HPDI 2.0 is compatible with the world's most advanced diesel engines and offers a fast path to market for high-performance trucks and off-road vehicles. It does not compromise performance yet delivers greenhouse gas benefits along with lower-cost fuel. When renewable natural gas (RNG) such as landfill gas is used, HPDI 2.0 can reduce the production of greenhouse gas emissions by more than 80% compared to equivalent diesel trucks.

—David Demers, Westport CEO

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