Westport Innovations Inc. announced the introduction of its new combustion technology in Volvo Car Company’s new Drive-E powertrain bi-fuel engine. “This new powertrain consisting of Volvo’s new Drive-E petrol engine paired with Westport’s gas technology in a highly efficient bi-fuel engine, will offer customers a very competitive combination of high performance and low emissions,” said Anders H. Gustavsson, Vice President VLM Special Products, Volvo Car Group.
Volvo Cars is the first OEM to feature this new system. It will be used on Volvo’s new two-liter, direct injection, four-cylinder Drive-E powertrain family, which will be available on the Volvo V60 and V70 2016 models. Currently the Volvo Bi-Fuel has been sold only in Sweden; however Westport is open to introducing this model in other EU markets depending on customer demand.
Part of the Volvo Engine Architecture family – ranked as one of the best engine families in the world – this engine offers 245 hp and 350Nm in torque and emissions as low as 40g CO2/km (according to the Swedish Transport Administration’s calculation method for Biogas), and is expected to be one of the greenest, most powerful natural gas engines in the world.
“Westport has provided a turnkey solution that includes technology research and development, production, installation and market support,” said Anders Johansson, Managing Director, Westport Sweden. “As gasoline engines evolve, it is critical that OEMs offer natural gas versions of these engines that retain the expected performance while providing the environmental and economic benefits of compressed natural gas.”
Source: Westport Innovations