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Westport (WPRT) Secures Deal for LPG Supply to a Key OEM

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Westport Fuel Systems Inc. (WPRT - Free Report) recently announced that it has been awarded a program to develop and supply liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) systems for a wide range of vehicle applications to a global original equipment manufacturer (OEM). The contract is estimated to generate €38 million in revenues through the end of 2025. Production is expected to begin in fourth-quarter 2023.

Per the deal, Westport will provide the OEM with fuel systems solutions for the Euro 6 applications, supplying the entire LPG system from the fuel tank to the fuel injectors. Simultaneously, Westport will develop fuel systems to respond to future regulations, including the proposed Euro 7 standards. Seeking alternative fuel technology, ranging from light-duty to heavy-duty applications has been a focus area of Westport’s OEM technology supply strategy.

LPG and bio-LPG are clean-burning alternative fuels used to power light, medium and heavy-duty vehicles. LPG-fueled vehicles are economical and low on emissions compared to vehicles using traditional fuels. Moreover, LPG-fueled vehicles are permitted to drive in emissions-restricted traffic zones in Europe. Therefore, LPG is fast gathering steam in markets like Europe, where refueling infrastructure is well established.

The company is enthusiastic about supplying the leading OEM with LPG systems and serving the growing global market for affordable alternative fuel systems for efficient transportation.

Westport’s portfolio of eco-friendly product mix is set to boost prospects amid climate change concerns. Westport HPDI 2.0 offers an environment-friendly robust performance for heavy-duty trucks, positioning the company favorably as the transition to green transportation solutions intensifies. The contract with NAFTAL to supply 60,000 liquefied petroleum gas systems over the next 18 months augurs well.

Shares of Westport have lost 73.5% over the past year compared with its industry’s 46.3% decline.

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WPRT carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell), currently.

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