VANCOUVER, British Columbia and GÖTEBORG, Sweden, November 9, 2015
Westport Innovations Inc. (TSX:WPT / Nasdaq:WPRT), engineering the world’s most
advanced natural gas engines and vehicles, together with Volvo Car Sverige and Upplands
Motor, announced today that Sweden-based Fagelviksgruppen (FVG) has signed an agreement
covering the purchase of 400 Volvo V70 Bi-Fuel taxis with Westport technology and fuel
systems including options to purchase up to 240 more. Orders for the first 200 vehicles
have been received for delivery beginning this year and completion planned for the end of
February 2016. Westport expects the balance to be delivered by the third quarter 2016.
“FVG is committed to reduce its environmental footprint. We have evaluated several
different environmentally friendly cars and found that Volvo Bi-Fuel is a very attractive
and a right choice as a taxi vehicle,” says Ole Oftedal, CEO of FVG.
FVG operates 6,000 taxis in fleets such as TaxiKurir, Taxi 020, Taxi Skane, and
TaxisNorge. Currently, older bi-fuel Volvo cars are used by fleets in the Stockholm area,
but the new taxis will be deployed throughout the country.
“The Volvo V70 is already recognized as one of the top-selling taxi vehicles in
Sweden. The new 2016 Volvo V70 Bi-Fuel offers fleets like FVG’s the reliability and fuel
economy of the latest Volvo powertrain technology with the emissions benefits they seek,”
says Per-Inge Kruse, Customer Director of Westport.
The 2016 Volvo V70 Bi-Fuel, capable of operating on compressed natural gas or
petrol/gasoline, is based on Volvo’s new two-litre, direct injection, four-cylinder
Drive-E powertrain family. Featuring Westport technology integrated with the powertrain
including Westport components and engine management system, the engine offers 245
horsepower and 350NM in torque with emissions in the V70 model as low as 41g CO2/km
(according to the Swedish Transport Administration’s calculation method for biomethane).
Westport engineers the world’s most advanced natural gas engines and vehicles. More
than that, we are fundamentally changing the way the world travels the roads, rails and
seas. We work with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) worldwide from design through
to production, creating products to meet the growing demand for vehicle technology that
will reduce both emissions and fuel costs.