Westport Fuel Systems Inc. announced it has entered into a development and supply agreement with Tata Motors Limited for its four- and six-cylinder spark-ignited natural gas commercial vehicle engine family to meet the Indian Government’s new Bharat Stage 6 emission standards, scheduled to take effect in April 2020. No specific supply or financial information was provided.
This is the second significant agreement Westport has announced in recent weeks. In late December, it signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with China’s Weichai Power Co. Ltd. for the development, marketing and commercialization of the Westport high pressure direct injection (HPDI) technology in China
Westport said it has been working with Tata since 2012 and has partnered to develop and launch its current BS 4 certified natural gas spark-ignited engines for commercial vehicles. Under this new program, since spring 2017, Westport has been developing its next generation of natural gas spark-ignited engines to meet the BS 6 emission standards. Upon completion of the program, Westport will be supplying the critical natural gas components to Tata, including advanced gas injection systems and controls incorporating the new Westport WP582 Engine Management System, built to optimize the overall engine performance and fuel efficiency.
“Tata Motors is a leader in heavy duty natural gas vehicles in the Indian market and a leading vehicle and engine manufacturer globally,” said Maurizio Grando, executive vice president of Westport Fuel Systems. “Our longstanding partnership combined with our position as a technology leader and our global footprint allows us to commercialize unique natural gas engine technologies that provide a competitive solution for our OEM partner.”
India is one of the world’s largest commercial vehicles markets. According to NGV Global statistics, India currently has more than 3 million natural gas vehicles, up 69% since 2016, with over 1200 compressed natural gas fueling stations. In addition, recently the Ministry for Road Transportation and Highways approved plans to develop liquefied natural gas fueling stations across the country.