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Westport’s natural gas technology to take on Stockholm streets

Company's components part of 400-taxi order from Swedish operator



VANCOUVER—Natural gas engine and vehicle maker, Westport Innovations Inc.’s technology is about to about to hit the Swedish Taxi market.

The company has announced Swedish taxi-operator, Fågelviksgruppen, has signed an agreement covering the purchase of 400 Volvo V70 Bi-Fuel taxis, which use Westport technology and fuel systems. The Vancouver-based firm said delivery of the first 200 vehicles is planned for the end of February, while the remaining 200 will be delivered by the third quarter of 2016. Meanwhile, the contract also includes options for up to 240 more vehicles.

“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,” Per-Inge Kruse, customer director for Westport, said.

Volvo’s V70 Bi-Fuel is capable of operating on compressed natural gas or gasoline. Westport’s technology, including the company’s components and its engine management system is integrated with the vehicle’s powertrain. Westport said the engine offers 245 horsepower with emissions as low as 41g CO2/km.

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