Vancouver, British Columbia – General Motors has partnered with Vancouver-based Westport Innovations to help develop advanced natural gas engine technology. The companies plan to work on engine controls, emissions and performance strategies.
“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.”
Westport also announced the planned opening of a new technical centre in Michigan.
The company said that natural gas is 97 per cent sourced in North America, is much less expensive than gasoline or diesel, and produces 15 to 20 per cent less CO2 than those fuels.