Vancouver, British Columbia – Vancouver-based Westport Innovations has announced that it will join with PACCAR Australia to develop and commercialize liquified natural gas (LNG) Kenworth trucks for the Australian market. Australia’s Kenworth Trucks, a division of PACCAR, plans to begin factory-installed production in mid-2009 at its plant outside Melbourne.

“Australia’s unique operating conditions and need for high-power outputs are a good fit for Westport’s HPDI technology and Kenworth’s leading truck models,” said Joe Rizzo, managing director of PACCAR. “Our customers have been seeking economic greenhouse gas reductions that work in their operations, and Kenworth is proud to be able to offer that combination in a factory-built product in Australia.”

Based on the Cummins ISX diesel engine, Westport’s direct-injection LNG version of the engine offers the same horsepower, torque and efficiency as the diesel version, but with greenhouse gas emission reductions of 20 to 25 per cent when compared to diesel. The system will run on natural gas or biogas.

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