Canada was an early leader with Canadian companies developing innovative natural gas vehicle and station technologies. Canadian companies have achieved many global firsts achievements including developing:
- First heavy engine for the world’s first natural gas transit bus
- First home refueling appliance for passenger vehicles
- First indoor refueling for transit buses in London, Ontario
- First heavy natural gas engine to match the efficiency of a diesel engine (Westport Innovations HD)
Early successes have created a strong and innovative Canadian natural gas vehicle industry with many companies exporting vehicle and station technologies as well as expert services globally. Canada’s leading companies include:
- Agility Fuel Systems was formed from the merger of Kelowna, British Columbia-based Enviromech Industries with American company FAB Industries in 2011. Agility continues to design and manufacture its advanced, lightweight, modular, compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel tank storage systems for vehicles in Kelowna. Agility works with many different North American truck and bus manufacturers.
- Cummins Westport is a 50:50 joint venture between Canadian company Westport Innovations and American company Cummins. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, the company designs, engineers and sells fourth-generation, spark-ignited natural gas engines used by more than 20 North American truck and bus manufacturers. In North America, the company offers the 8.9 litre ISL G engine and the 11.9 litre ISX12 G engine.
- Dynetek Industries is a recognized technology leader in the production of CNG storage cylinders. Based in Calgary, Alberta, the company works with many leading vehicle manufacturers, including Hyundai, Ford, Nissan, and Chrysler. The company has operations in Canada, Germany, and India.
- FTI International manufactures CNG and LNG refueling dispensers, compressors, and stations at its facility in Toronto, Ontario. The company exports its products to more than 20 different countries.
- IMW Industries has been recognized several times as one of British Columbia’s leading exporters. Based in Chilliwack, British Columbia, the company manufactures CNG compressor stations for use in public and private stations. IMW recently doubled its workforce and expanded its facility to keep up with global demand for its products. IMW Industries was acquired by California-based Clean Energy Fuels in 2010 and has joint venture operations in Colombia and Bangladesh.
- Kraus Global manufactures CNG fuel dispensers at its facility in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The company exports its products to more than 20 different countries and is well-recognized for its specialized expertise in the area of fuel dispensing.
- Powertech Labs, part of BC Hydro, is based in Langley, British Columbia. The company is recognized globally for expertise in high-pressure gas storage cylinder testing and certification. It plays a leading role in developing codes and standards for high-pressure fuel storage.
- Westport Innovations is frequently recognized as one of Canada’s leading cleantech companies. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, the company manufactures heavy natural gas engine systems for highway tractors. Westport is also currently working with other industry partners to develop a high horsepower engine systems for marine, rail, and offroad applications.
- Viridis Technologies manufactures CNG dispensers in Markham, Ontario. The company has also developed innovative radio frequency identification (RFID) technologies that are used for verifying vehicles and cylinders prior to refueling.
- Xebec Adsorption, based in Blainville, Quebec, manufactures natural gas dryers and biogas upgrading equipment. The company operates a manufacturing facility in Shanghai, China, and a product testing facility in Surrey, British Columbia. The company’s biogas upgrading systems are in use in more than a dozen projects worldwide.