Westport Fuel Systems Inc. announced that its Weichai Westport Inc. (WWI) joint venture has received certification from the Ministry of Ecology and Environment of China for its 12-liter engine equipped with the HPDI 2.0TM fuel system (WP12HPDI). WWI is now in a position to market and sell the heavy-duty natural gas engines with HPDI technology to various truck OEMs. Weichai Power Co’s 12-liter heavy-duty engine platform is the base engine for the WP12HPDI.
“Following the delays introduced by COVID-19, I’m pleased to recognize the leadership of the Weichai Westport joint venture team in securing the certification from the ministry,” said David M. Johnson, CEO of Westport Fuel Systems. “The China VI emission regulations are aligned with leading heavy-duty emission standards in Europe and North America, combine the best practices from both regulations, and are one of the most stringent heavy-duty vehicle emission standards in the world.”
This is an important step in the process of bringing HPDI 2.0 to the Chinese commercial vehicle market. The engine certification is required in order to complete vehicle certification, leading to marketing and sales of HPDI equipped engines by WWI to Chinese vehicle OEMs.
Johnson added: “Of course, an important step after engine certification is vehicle certification, which we understand is in process with WWI’s vehicle OEM customers. Having achieved the milestone of engine certification, and anticipating the next significant milestone of vehicle certification, we are encouraged by the progress we are making to bring HPDI to the Chinese market. We value our longstanding JV with Weichai, the world’s leading manufacturer of natural gas engines for commercial vehicles, and Westport Fuel Systems is committed to their continued success.”
As per the terms of the earlier announced development and supply agreement, Westport Fuel Systems will supply critical HPDI 2.0 components to WWI, each of which is required for every engine equipped with HPDI and sold by WWI. Weichai Power and WWI are affiliates of the Weichai Holding Group Co., Ltd.
Source: Westport Fuel Systems