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GM and Westport to Develop Natural Gas Engine

July 12, 2011

VANCOUVER, BCGeneral Motors and Westport Innovations entered into an agreement to develop “advanced natural gas engine technology” for light-duty vehicles, according to a news release from Westport.

“We are excited to work with GM and invest in advanced natural gas technology for the automotive market,” said Ian Scott, President of Westport’s Light-Duty Division. “This technology offers the promises of a cleaner, lower cost fuel and reduced carbon footprint, while advancing the use of domestic energy. This agreement demonstrates Westport’s success as an advanced technology partner to global automotive manufacturers. Westport’s recent announcement regarding the planned acquisition of Emer S.p.A., of Italy, is an integral part of our strategy to provide partners, such as GM, with the most advanced integrated solutions.”

Westport announced it plans to open a new technical center in Michigan. The company said it plans to add more people and invest in facilities as demand grows for natural-gas-fueled vehicles. In addition, the company said it plans to add research and development facilities to develop natural gas vehicle technologies for fleet use.

Source: Westport Innovations

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