Westport launches bi-fuel combustion technology with Volvo
Will be used in the automakers new two-litre, direct injection, four-cylinder Drive-E powertrain.
VANCOUVER — Westport Innovations Inc. has launched a new combustion technology in Volvo Car Co.’s new Drive-E powertrain bi-fuel engine.
Vancouver-based Westport, which engineers advanced natural gas engines and vehicles, says Volvo is the first OEM to feature its combustion system, and it will be used in the automakers new two-litre, direct injection, four-cylinder Drive-E powertrain family, which will be available on the Volvo V60 and V70 2016 models.
Part of the Volvo Engine Architecture family, the engine provides 245 horsepower and 350NM in torque and emissions as low as 40g CO2/km, and is expected to be one of the greenest, most powerful natural gas engines in the world. The Volvo Bi-Fuel has been sold only in Sweden, but Westport said it is open to introducing the model in other EU markets depending on demand.
Westport expects most customers will seek bi-fuel operation today with high performance gasoline direct injection coupled with Westport’s new natural gas combustion technology.