Volvo Group, Westport make partnership official

Volvo and Westport joint venture photo
Volvo Group and Westport Fuel Systems celebrating the official launch of their HPDI Fuel System joint venture. From left: Sarah Goodman, CEO, Centre for Innovation and Clean Energy (CICE); Lars Stenqvist, Chief Technology Officer, Volvo Group; The Honourable Terry Beech, Minister of Citizens’ Services; Dan Sceli, CEO of Westport Fuel Systems, and Interim President of the Volvo/Westport JV; Scott Baker, Vice President, Product Development and Technology Officer of the Volvo/Westport JV; Fazil Mihlar, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Jobs, Economic Development and Innovation (JEDI); Patric Ouellette, HTEC, Vice President, Infrastructure.
Volvo Group and Westport

Volvo Group and Westport Fuel Systems are celebrating the official launch of their joint venture (JV) with an exclusive event at the University of British Columbia, the birthplace of Westport's HPDI fuel system technology.

Nurtured for nearly 30 years within Westport, the two partners are coming together to jointly promote, develop and further accelerate the commercialization of the HPDI technology. In doing so, the JV will resolutely focus on moving forward affordable, sustainable transportation solutions using the internal combustion engine operating on renewable fuels now and hydrogen in the future, the companies say.

“This joint venture is poised to make a significant impact on global long-haul and off-road heavy-duty applications,” says Dan Sceli, CEO and director of Westport Fuel Systems, and interim president of the Volvo/Westport JV. “By combining Volvo’s extensive expertise in commercial vehicle and power system manufacturing with Westport’s innovative fuel system technology, we are creating a powerful force for change that can make a meaningful contribution to reduce carbon emissions immediately and affordably. Together we are committed to delivering sustainable, efficient, and economically viable solutions for longhaul transportation.”

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Leaders from both companies joined-in on the celebration of this milestone, emphasizing the significance of the partnership in driving forward HPDI’s breakthrough technology in tackling the urgent challenges of climate change.

“Today is a day of celebration as we join together to collectively advance this critically important clean transportation initiative,” says Lars Stenqvist, chief technology officer of Volvo Group. “We believe HPDI-powered internal combustion engines, running on hydrogen and renewable fuels, play a crucial role in global decarbonization efforts in commercial transportation. The joint venture enables us to combine this innovative fuel system with our strategic expertise to guide OEMs and fleets as they navigate the energy transition.”

“This is a momentous occasion for Westport and the HPDI technology. The alliance between our two companies affirms our steadfast commitment to drive decarbonization in the heavy-duty sector utilizing alternative fuels while still providing the efficiency, power and durability that comes with diesel cycle engines,” says Scott Baker, vice president, Product Development and Technology Officer of the Volvo/Westport JV.

He adds, “Together, we will provide unparalleled expertise and counsel to customers around the globe on optimizing their existing CO2 reduction strategies, ultimately paving the way for a more sustainable future in heavy-duty transportation.”

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