Westport and Ford reach hydrogen deal

Westport Innovations Inc. has signed an agreement with Ford Motor Co. to support the automaker's hydrogen engine development program. Under the agreement, Ford will purchase Vancouver, British Columbia-based Westport's fuel injection hardware, electronic controls and engineering support, including a set of prototype hydrogen fuel injectors. Westport retains the intellectual property rights for the

Westport Innovations Inc. has signed an agreement with Ford Motor Co. to support the automaker's hydrogen engine development program.

Under the agreement, Ford will purchase Vancouver, British Columbia-based Westport's fuel injection hardware, electronic controls and engineering support, including a set of prototype hydrogen fuel injectors.

Westport retains the intellectual property rights for the injector, which is a hydrogen-specific version of Westport's patented and proprietary direct injection technology for light-duty natural gas engines.

The cost of Ford's program was not disclosed.

Westport and Ford had worked together on the light-duty natural gas engine project, but the deal expired last year when the automaker cut spending on some of its alternative energy development efforts.

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