VANCOUVER, March 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Westport Innovations Inc. (TSX:WPT) (NASDAQ:WPRT), the global leader in natural gas engines, and Knapheide Manufacturing Company, the leading full-service commercial vehicle body manufacturer, today announced an agreement that will set a new standard in the delivery of natural gas work-ready vehicle solutions. The two market leaders are combining their expertise to engineer custom vehicle bodies for the Westport-powered Ford F-250 and F-350 bi-fuel Super Duty trucks with box-deletes.
The Westport READY-link™ process, the first of its kind, is a unique mounting process designed specifically to allow the installation of custom Knapheide service bodies over the Westport WiNG™ Power System. Created with fleet customers in mind, Westport READY-link, together with the Westport WiNG Power System, offers cost savings for customers through the use of Ford's single-ship-through delivery system and the convenience of a single dealer contact.
"This is a breakthrough technology and design that will offer shorter upfit times and reliable deliveries to our customers," said John Howell, Senior Director, Marketing at Westport. "Our agreement with Knapheide and Ford allows fleets to add trucks that use a clean, domestic fuel while maintaining the safety and quality that our customers have come to expect. With all aspects of the final vehicle now under full warranty accountability, customers can have 'peace-of-mind.'"
Customers using Westport READY-link for their Ford F-250 or F-350 trucks can choose to upfit their trucks with the KNAP-Link 696-50J44-WCNG or Knap-Link 696-50FJ44-WCNG, Knapheide's most popular service bodies customized to fit the Westport WiNG Power System. The 600-series Knapheide service bodies offer rugged steel construction and external storage for tools and equipment. The external compartments provide protection from the outside elements and allow technicians to access their equipment without having to climb into the truck bed.