Westport Innovations Inc., a global leader in alternative and low emission transportation technology, announced that the U.S. Department of Energyâ€™s â€œClean Citiesâ€ program has awarded the company with a grant of $300 million. This grant will help fund 25 cost-share projects across the United States, adding 9,000 alternative fuel and energy efficient vehicles and building 542 new refueling stations.
Based on this development, the company has received funding for the development of approximately 500 LNG trucks and 2,300 CNG vehicles. Westport anticipates that a significant portion of these vehicles will be sourced from various manufacturers and will utilize either Westport’s 15-litre GX engine or CWI’s 8.9 litre ISL G engine.
Michael Gallagher, President and Chief Operating Officer, commented, “This is a significant and decisive announcement for natural gas trucks and urban fleet vehicles. Given the vehicle applications of the projects awarded funding, we expect to benefit from the majority of funding through the sale of Westport HD systems and through the sale of Cummins Westport ISL G engines. â€œ
Gallagher continued, â€œGiven the current price gap between oil and natural gas, and the recent breakthroughs in natural gas shale resource development, the benefits have never been clearer. We congratulate the DOE Clean Cities program for their timely deployment of these stimulus projects that will inevitably lead to dramatic growth in the green energy industry.”
Westport cautions that no contracts have been awarded for the various programs their project encompasses, and no orders for vehicles have been released yet. While the exact timing of the funding awarded to applicants is unclear at this time, the company expects further updates from both customers and government agencies as contracting processes begin. Details of the projects approved for funding can be found on the DOE website at www.energy.gov/news2009/7843.htm