Isuzu, Westport to develop prototype truck

Canadian natural gas engine maker Westport Innovations and truck manufacturer Isuzu Motors of Tokyo plan to build a prototype Isuzu ELF natural-gas powered truck. The technology may eventually be used in Isuzu trucks sold in the United States. The project, initiated and funded by Isuzu, will use a diesel engine in the 4-liter range that runs solely on natural gas. The goal of this project is to build

Canadian natural gas engine maker Westport Innovations and truck manufacturer Isuzu Motors of Tokyo plan to build a prototype Isuzu ELF natural-gas powered truck. The technology may eventually be used in Isuzu trucks sold in the United States.

The project, initiated and funded by Isuzu, will use a diesel engine in the 4-liter range that runs solely on natural gas. The goal of this project is to build a natural gas-powered commercial truck that achieves the same performance and fuel efficiency as its diesel counterpart, but with lower emissions and fuel costs.

The ELF light-duty commercial truck would have a payload capacity of two to three tons and would be used for applications such as city deliveries, food services and light contracting. Isuzu plans to demonstrate a prototype to the Japanese government by June 2003.

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