Westport Innovations Inc. a global leader in gaseous-fuelled power technologies, today announced the award of AUD1.36 million (C$1.27 million) from the Australian Government’s Alternative Fuels Conversion Programme (AFCP) for a project to evaluate the use of LNG as a fuel for heavy-duty highway trucks in Australia. Mitchell Corp., Sands Fridge Lines and Murray Goulburn Cooperative, who each operate large fleets of long-distance trucks, will acquire four new Kenworth T404SAR trucks powered by 2008 model Cummins 15-litre engines incorporating Westport’s LNG fuel technology. Emissions and performance tests will be performed to quantify greenhouse gas, noise, and regulated emissions benefits while demonstrating the performance and economic advantages of LNG in real world use in Australia.
The AFCP is designed to assist operators and manufacturers of heavy commercial vehicles and buses (>3.5 t GVM) to convert to Natural Gas or Liquefied Petroleum Gas. The programme provides grants to vehicle owners to offset costs of fuel conversions and upgrades and to purchase new vehicles. As previously announced on this site Mitchell Corporation are also involved in a
CNG LNG trial involving UK company Clean Air Power. It is good to see more trucking companies thinking outside the square.