Westport to Drop 15-Liter LNG Engine in North America

November 5, 2013

Westport Innovations plans to stop taking orders for its 15-liter LNG model in North America after Nov. 15, 2013.

The information was disclosed in the Westport’s third-quarter 2013 earnings report, where the company recorded a $30.2 million net loss for the quarter.         

Sales of the model have been weak, as the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association reports only around 1,000 units sold since the engine entered the market.

“Westport on-road business strategy is to provide HPDI (high-pressure direct injection) as a vertically integrated solution for engine and truck OEMs. The current generation of HPDI on the Westport 15L engine is still assembled in Vancouver using an upfit process. Westport's production focus is shifting from an upfit model to vertical integration of Westport's next generation of HPDI for targeted OEMs,” the company said in its earnings report.

The 15L LNG is the only 15-liter natural gas engine available for trucks in North America. The company says it will continue to offer the model for customers in Australia.