New hydrogen-fuelled internal combustion engine under trial

Trials of a brand-new heavy-duty internal combustion engine run on hydrogen fuel are underway in Vancouver, Canada.

Westport Fuel Systems yesterday (10th March) confirmed the successful start-up and trials its new engine that utilises the company’s patented and proprietary High Pressure Direct Injection (HPDI) 2.0™ System.

Commenting on the development, David Johnson, CEO of Westport Fuel Systems, said, “We believe hydrogen-HPDI could be extremely compelling, with near-zero greenhouse gas emissions and much lower cost than fuel cell vehicles or battery electric vehicles, particularly for heavy-duty trucking and other high-load applications like mining, marine and rail that have come to rely on the efficiency, power, durability and reliability of diesel engines.”

“While there is more work to be done, our initial test results are encouraging and a testament to our team’s ongoing commitment to innovation. This demonstrates the inherent versatility of our HPDI system to utilise a range of gaseous fuels and provide a long-term carbon-reduction strategy.”

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