GAZ, Westport develop CNG engines for commercial vehicles

  • 30-May-2013 12:05 EDT
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Production of the new CNG engines is expected to start at the Yaroslavl plant in 2014.

GAZ Group announced on May 30 that its Yaroslavl motor plant “Avtodiesel” has an agreement with Westport to develop new compressed natural gas (CNG) engines for commercial, road construction, and agricultural vehicles. The Euro-4 and Euro-5 gas engine line is based on the YaMZ-530 engine family, produced since 2013 at new production facilities in Yaroslavl, Russia. YaMZ-530 gas engines are designed for vehicles produced by GAZ Group (GAZ medium-duty trucks, Ural trucks, PAZ, LIAZ, and KAVZ buses), аnd for the Group’s other customers in the Russian and foreign markets. Westport will develop gas equipment for YaMZ-530 engines, participate in tests and organization of engine production, and provide assistance in promotion of the gas engines in export markets. Project investments will total around RUR 600 million (roughly $19 million), for gas engine development and creating an R&D facility at Avtodiesel for further development. Production of the new CNG engines is expected to start at the plant in 2014.

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