Westport Innovations Inc. (TSX:WPT / Nasdaq:WPRT), engineering the world's most advanced natural gas engines and vehicles, together with Volvo Car Sverige and Upplands Motor, announced today that Sweden-based Fågelviksgruppen (FVG) has signed an agreement covering the purchase of 400 Volvo V70 Bi-Fuel taxis with Westport technology and fuel systems including options to purchase up to 240 more. Orders for the first 200 vehicles have been received for delivery beginning this year and completion planned for the end of February 2016. Westport expects the balance to be delivered by the third quarter 2016.
"FVG is committed to reduce its environmental footprint. We have evaluated several different environmentally friendly cars and found that Volvo Bi-Fuel is a very attractive and a right choice as a taxi vehicle," says Ole Oftedal, CEO of FVG.
FVG operates 6,000 taxis in fleets such as TaxiKurir, Taxi 020, Taxi Skåne, and TaxisNorge. Currently, older bi-fuel Volvo cars are used by fleets in the Stockholm area, but the new taxis will be deployed throughout the country.
"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," says Per-Inge Kruse, Customer Director of Westport.
The 2016 Volvo V70 Bi-Fuel, capable of operating on compressed natural gas or petrol/gasoline, is based on Volvo's new two-litre, direct injection, four-cylinder Drive-E powertrain family. Featuring Westport technology integrated with the powertrain including Westport components and engine management system, the engine offers 245 horsepower and 350NM in torque with emissions in the V70 model as low as 41g CO2/km (according to the Swedish Transport Administration's calculation method for biomethane).
Westport Innovations Inc. (TSX:WPT/Nasdaq:WPRT), som producerar världens mest avancerade gasmotorer och fordon, har i dag tillsammans med Volvo Car Sverige och Upplands Motor undertecknat ett affärsavtal med Fågelviksgruppen – FVG - som innefattar 400 Volvo V70 Bi-Fuel taxibilar, med option på köp av ytterligare 240. Ordern på de första 200 fordonen har mottagits och bilarna kommer att levereras från Westport under detta år och fram till slutet av februari 2016. Resterande bilar förväntar sig Westport att ha levererat senast det tredje kvartalet 2016.
- Fågelviksgruppen är fast beslutet på att minska sitt miljömässiga avtryck och har utvärderat flera olika miljöbilar och däri funnit att Volvo's Bi-Fuel bilar är mycket konkurenskraftiga och lämpliga som miljötaxi, säger Ole Oftedal, VD på FVG.
FVG har 6 000 taxibilar inom koncernen som består av bland annat av TaxiKurir, Taxi 020 och Taxi Skåne samt Norgestaxi. För närvarande används äldre Volvo Bi-Fuel bilar av taxiföretag i Stockholmsområdet, men de nya bilarna kommer att användas över hela landet.
- Volvo V70 är redan etablerad som en av de populäraste taxibilarna i Sverige. Den nya Volvo V70 Bi-Fuel erbjuder taxiföretag som FVG pålitlighet, bränslesnålhet samt minskat CO2-utsläpp genom kombinationen av Westports gasteknologi och Volvos senaste Drive E-motorer, säger Per-Inge Kruse, försäljningsdirektör på Westport.
Volvo V70 Bi-Fuel modellår 2016 kan drivas med fordonsgas eller bensin och är som nämnts baserad på Volvos nya direktinsprutade tvåliters motorfamilj, Drive E. Motorn är utrustad med teknologi, komponenter och motorstyrsystem från Westport som integrerats med drivsystemet, och genererar 245 hästkrafter med ett vridmoment på 350Nm. V70-modellen släpper ut så lite som 41g CO2 per kilometer. Siffrorna baseras på Transportstyrelsens beräkningsmodell för biometan.
At Westport Fuel Systems, we are driving innovation to power a cleaner tomorrow. We are inventors, engineers, manufacturers and suppliers of advanced clean fuel systems and components that can change the way the world moves. Our technology delivers performance, fuel efficiency and environmental benefits to address the challenges of global climate change and urban air quality. Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, we serve our customers in more than 70 countries with leading global transportation brands. At Westport Fuel Systems, we think ahead. For more information, visit www.wfsinc.com.
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