ASV-Westport Partnership Expands Natural Gas Range
Allied Specialty Vehicles (ASV), a U.S. manufacturer of motor vehicles for commercial, fire & emergency and recreation markets, has entered into an exclusive partnership with Westport, a global leader in alternative fuel, low-emissions transportation technologies. The partnership expands the availability of the compressed natural gas (CNG) Westport WiNG(TM) Power System, currently offered as an option on ASV’s Type A school buses manufactured by Collins Bus, to the company’s commercial bus, emergency and other vehicle products.
The Westport WiNG(TM) Power System is a dedicated natural gas fuel system for light-duty specialty vehicles built on Ford truck chassis.
“Our customers are demanding environmentally friendly vehicles powered by clean alternative fuel systems that reduce carbon emissions,” said Tim Sullivan, ASV president and CEO. “The ability to expand the availability of the Westport CNG system to other ASV vehicle lines not only demonstrates our commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability but it also allows us to offer the first factory-certified OEM solution for one-stop installations of alternative fuel systems.”
The Westport WiNG™ Power System is a dedicated natural gas fuel system for light-duty specialty vehicles built on Ford truck chassis and backed by a Ford Factory 3-year / 36,000-mile engine and powertrain warranty. As the leading CNG Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM), Westport designed its system to meet Ford’s original equipment manufacturing (OEM) standards. Westport also conducts rigorous, OEM approved safety testing including extensive simulations and physical crash testing that meets or exceeds OEM and U.S. federal safety standards.
“With the distinct price benefits of natural gas, we’re excited to offer a CNG powered product across multiple ASV vehicle platforms,” said Paul Shaffer, Westport Dallas vice president. “Historically, prices of alternative fuels, especially CNG, are more stable and generally lower than gas and diesel fuel prices that regularly fluctuate up and down, creating a strategic long-term budgeting advantage for fleet vehicle owners. And while global prices for gasoline and diesel fuels are low right now, there is still strong demand for vehicles with alternative fuel systems such as CNG.”
Westport WiNG™ Power Systems are primarily installed in Dallas. However, the systems will be transitioned to ASV factory-certified installations to increase vehicle manufacturing efficiency.
Collins Bus Corporation, manufacturer of Type A school and multi-function school activity buses, began accepting orders for its CNG model in May 2014.