We are here to power a cleaner, prosperous tomorrow for all.
With COVID-19 turning the world upside down in 2020, we were reminded of the need for urgent action on social and environmental issues, which, if left unchecked, can threaten lives and livelihoods in very real ways. As a company created to bring environmental solutions to the transportation sector, Westport Fuel Systems aims to be part of broader societal efforts to make the world a greener, more resilient place after COVID-19. Our greatest contribution will always be through our products and services, which address the challenges of urban air quality and climate change by enabling customers to make the switch from high-carbon gasoline and diesel fuels to cleaner, lower-carbon and cost-competitive alternative fuels. The more of our products that we can get into vehicles, the better it will be for human health, the environment and the economy.
Natural-gas-powered cars and trucks emit about 20% less CO2 than those that run on gasoline or diesel.
Hydrogen fuel offers the promise of zero carbon emissions and is the focus of R&D investment around the world. At Westport, we’re already testing heavy-duty truck engines on hydrogen.
Less expensive than electric vehicles and other options, LPG-powered vehicles reduce CO2 emissions by about 10% and offer significant fuel savings – the price of LPG is about 30% less than that of gasoline and 70% less than diesel.
Renewable natural gas reduces carbon at the source and on the road. It’s made from methane, which occurs naturally in landfills, dairy farms, waste water treatment plants and the like. Rather than entering the atmosphere, the methane is captured and repurposed as transportation fuel. As a result, RNG can be carbon negative, which means that it avoids more emissions than it generates.
A significant confirmation for renewable natural gas playing an important role in the overall energy mix for transportation moving forward. The focus on reducing carbon will continue to bring renewable natural gas solutions to the spotlight.
Amazon.com Inc has ordered hundreds of trucks that run on compressed natural gas as it tests ways to shift its U.S. fleet away from heavier polluting trucks.
Swedish truck maker Volvo said it’s seeing hauliers and transport buyers moving towards refrigerated liquefied gas as a cheaper and more environmentally friendly alternative to diesel.
The Maruti Suzuki WagonR S-CNG has emerged as the highest selling natural gas vehicle in the country, as this greener and safer factory-fitted CNG model has surpassed 300,000 units in sales.
While much attention has shifted to the potential for battery-electric or hydrogen vehicles, another technology with a vast infrastructure — renewable natural gas — is gaining traction among fleet managers.