Volvo Group Enters Into JV to Lower Long-Haul Transport Emissions - Smart Energy Decisions

Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions, Industrial  -  March 12, 2024

Volvo Group Enters Into JV to Lower Long-Haul Transport Emissions

The Volvo Group signed an agreement to establish a joint venture to lower CO2 emissions from long-haul transport.

The agreement was signed to accelerate the commercialization and global adoption of Westport's High Pressure Direct Injection (HPDI™) fuel system technology for long-haul and off-road applications.

High Pressure Direct Injection (HPDI) is a fuel system technology which can be applied in vehicles with internal combustion engines to replace GHG emitting fuels like diesel with carbon-neutral or zero-carbon fuels like biogas or hydrogen.

"Decarbonization with internal combustion engines running on renewable fuels, especially with High Pressure Direct Injection (HPDI), plays an important part in sustainable solutions. HPDI has been on the road in Volvo trucks for over five years and is a proven technology that allows customers to significantly reduce CO2 emissions in LBG (Liquified Biogas) applications here and now and is a potential avenue for hydrogen," says Lars Stenqvist, Chief Technology Officer, Volvo Group, in a statement

As previously announced, Westport will contribute certain HPDI assets and opportunities, including related fixed assets, intellectual property, and business, into the joint venture. Volvo Group will acquire a 45% interest in the joint venture for the sum of approximately $28 million, payable upon closing, plus up to an additional $45 million depending on the performance of the joint venture.

The closing of the joint venture is subject to certain closing conditions, including regulatory and government approvals. It is anticipated that the joint venture will become operational following the formal closing, which is expected in the second quarter of 2024.

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