Ricardo has been selected by DongFeng Commercial Vehicle (DFCV) to support further development of heavy-duty engines fuelled by natural gas for the Chinese market.
Under the agreement, Ricardo will leverage a global team to support DFCV to develop and implement improved technologies for natural gas heavy-duty truck engines. DFCV is one of China’s biggest truck makers and holds a leading position for heavy- and medium-duty trucks, supplying the largest truck market in the world.
Ricardo is a leading developer of next-generation engine and powertrains focused on fuel efficiency and clean fuel technologies to reduce emissions for cleaner air quality. The company has been doing business in China for more than 25 years and has an engineering facility in Shanghai equipped for engine testing and calibration, for research, development and certification.
“The demands of the truck market and legislative pressures for reduced CO2 and NOx emissions are strong drivers in favour of the adoption of clean engine technologies,” said Ricardo Asia President Gary Tan.
“China is ideally positioned to develop a solid natural gas heavy-duty truck market because it has developed a massive and well distributed network of compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuelling stations throughout the country. As a company, Ricardo is committed to developing clean, fuel efficient and low carbon technologies and adapting them to meet the specific needs of our customers in all parts of the world.”