Westport Innovations Inc. (USA) (WPRT), Ford Motor Company (F): Natural Gas Vehicles In North America?

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Join Motley Fool analyst Brendan Byrnes for a conversation with Ian Scott of Westport Innovations Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ:WPRT). Scott is the executive vice president of Westport Innovations Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ:WPRT)’s on-road systems segment, which works with OEM partners such as Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F), AB Volvo (ADR) (OTCMKTS:VOLVY), Kenworth, and Peterbilt to produce natural gas-powered vehicles in the U.S. and elsewhere.

Westport Innovations Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ:WPRT)

Developments in North America are exciting to Westport Innovations Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ:WPRT), as natural gas extraction increases and prices remain low. In the following video, Scott discusses the company’s hopes for the North American market, as well as the possible impact if natural gas were to be exported to Europe or Asia.

Brendan Byrnes: If you had to name one area of the on-road systems segment that you’re most excited about over the next year or two, what would it be?

Ian Scott: Don’t do that to me.

Byrnes: I have to. I have to.

Scott: Don’t do that to me. You know, it’s interesting because most of our products — maybe what I’ll do is I’ll spin that and turn it into a geography, because I think North America, what’s happening right now is really exciting.

If you look at the first decade of the century, we saw North America being a laggard. There wasn’t a lot of natural gas growth for vehicles and transportation, whereas in other jurisdictions globally it was growing quite aggressively.

With the shale gas right now, and the new extraction techniques, the economics is completely changing. We see our global OEM partners looking at North America as being the next big thing.

With on-road, most of the products that we’ve just talked about — with the exception of the AB Volvo (ADR) (OTCMKTS:VOLVY) V70 product — are sold in North America. Pickup trucks, the heavy-duty trucks, continued growth from our Cummins Inc. (NYSE:CMI)-Westport Innovations Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ:WPRT) joint venture as well. Maybe in the future AB Volvo (ADR) (OTCMKTS:VOLVY) Cars and others.

I think this is very exciting for us right now.

Byrnes: Does Westport Innovations Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ:WPRT) worry about exporting natural gas from North America, maybe to Asia, where prices are much higher, or to Europe, where prices are also higher, that that will have an impact on the price of natural gas — bring it up — maybe less demand for Westport Innovations Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ:WPRT) services in the future?

Scott: In North America?

Byrnes: Mm-hmm.

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