Westport Innovations

  • Natural gas transportation building speed

    By Howard Rothman - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: CLNE, GE, PCAR, RDS-A, WPRT

    Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, does not have the best public image these days. But love it or loath it, the fruit of this increasingly employed drilling technology — natural gas — has upended the traditional fuel business.

    In the process, natural gas is also radically transforming the transportation industry. As it does, a number of companies that have moved in early, both large and emerging, are poised to reap significant benefits.

    There more »

  • Clean Energy Fuels and Profits: Are We There Yet?

    By Jason Hall - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: CLNE, RDS-B, RDS-A, WPRT

    The North American energy boom is creating enormous potential. From the massive reduction in reliance on foreign oil, to keeping more American dollars in the domestic economy, to directly generating lots of well-paying jobs, the benefits to our country are many. And for investors, it's also opening up doors to profit in substantial and sustainable ways. 

    Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ: CLNE) is one of the companies with much promise more »

  • My 2012 Report Card

    By James Fantaci - August 9, 2013 | Tickers: BIDU, EOG, GOOG, NFLX, WPRT

    I started writing for the Motley Fool Blog Network in June 2012 because I enjoy sharing my passion for investing in great companies. As someone who comes from an entrepreneurial background, I find it exciting to own even a small piece of a business that is changing the world, even in subtle ways. With every stock I have recommended, I either already owned the company and/or I initiated a more »

  • The NGV Industry May Be Ready to Take Off

    By Greg Williamson - August 8, 2013 | Tickers: CLNE, KMI, WPRT

    Natural gas vehicles, or NGVs, have been in use since the 1930's, but at the time never gained much traction due to the popularity of gasoline powered vehicles. However, NGVs are starting to make a serious comeback due to a major shift in energy prices in addition to modern engineering advancements in NGV technology.

    Are natural gas vehicles ready to take off?

    Significant progress has been made with niche more »

  • How Abundant Natural Gas Can Make You Rich

    By Shmulik Karpf - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: CLNE, F, WPRT

    Over the past few years, the price of natural gas (NG) has been hit hard due to massive capital investments in well drilling. The current low price and abundance of natural gas will help it become a major transportation fuel. There's one small company that makes the technology that allows engines to run on natural gas. By investing early in Westport Innovations (NASDAQ: WPRT), you are positioning yourself more »

  • This Company Wants to Be the Exxon of Natural Gas

    By Reuben Brewer - July 18, 2013 | Tickers: CLNE, XOM, RDS-B, WPRT

    Clean Energy (NASDAQ: CLNE) has been working on building a natural gas fueling network for long-haul truckers. At the same time, it has been converting gasoline powered vehicles to run on natural gas. It's selling that business to focus on its fueling network.

    More Natural Gas

    The introduction of hydraulic fracturing released a massive store of natural gas that was locked underneath the United States. With so much new more »

  • Companies for a Gasoline-Free World

    By Ryan Palmer - July 17, 2013 | Tickers: CAT, CMI, WPRT

    What are the main differences between a diesel engine and a gasoline one? Both are internal combustion engines, but the combustion occurs in different ways.

    In a gasoline engine, fuel is mixed with air, compressed by pistons, and then ignited via a spark plug. On the other hand a diesel engine compresses the air first, thereby heating it up, and then the fuel is injected. When fuel comes into contact more »

  • Westport Innovations and Clean Energy Fuels Team up; Should You?

    By Scott Daily - July 15, 2013 | Tickers: CLNE, CMI, WPRT

    Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ: CLNE) and Westport Innovations (NASDAQ: WPRT) agreed to a deal and to join forces through a marketing campaign to help ignite the future of natural gas. On June 28 Westport Innovations agreed to buy two of Clean Energy Fuels subsidiaries, BAF Technologies and ServoTech Engineering, to enhance their powerful product and patent portfolio and tighten their ties with Ford.  Westport Innovations continues to be a buy more »

  • How to Play Natural Gas Vehicles

    By Piyush Arora - July 10, 2013 | Tickers: CMI, WM, WPRT

    It’s a well known fact that with the growing environmental concerns, the demand for clean energy is rising. In fact, the U.S government is promoting the use of clean energy, so that the crude surplus increases, leading to a rise in crude exports, which will eventually improve its trade deficit. Although Tesla Motors is doing a fine job in providing an emission free mode of travel, the truth more »

  • Terminal or Turnaround?

    By Ian Richards - July 4, 2013 | Tickers: CRW, CUP, MAKO, WPRT, WETF

    Until the beginning of 2012, my own business had first call on both my time and available capital. I recently sold that business and I am building a portfolio to eventually see me through retirement.

    So far, I am generally doing well. But I have to admit that amongst the winners I have also managed to pick a few stinkers. Deciding what to do with these is a common problem more »

  • Jump In Early for the Biggest Multi-Baggers

    By Ian Richards - July 2, 2013 | Tickers: MAKO, MZOR, PSIX, WPRT

    Wouldn’t it be great to have bought Berkshire Hathaway, Microsoft or Dell at an early stage and bagged huge returns? Of course, there’s no such thing as a free lunch and if you base your entire investment strategy on investing in small, risky companies then the result is not likely to be a happy one.

    But, just for fun, it doesn’t hurt to put a small amount more »

  • Westport and Clean Energy's Latest Deal: It's All About Growth Now

    By Jason Hall - June 29, 2013 | Tickers: CLNE, F, WPRT

    Westport Innovations (NASDAQ: WPRT) and Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ: CLNE) announced on Friday that Westport would acquire Clean Energy's BAF Technologies and Servotech Engineering in an all-stock transaction for the acquisition worth $25 million:

    Westport believes that the amalgamation will create the largest product portfolio and largest market presence in the North American light duty natural gas vehicle (NGV) space. Specifically, Westport secures its position as Ford's largest more »

  • Gas Powered CMI

    By Joshua Caldon - June 25, 2013 | Tickers: BLDP, CMI, PLUG, RDS-A, TSLA, TM, WPRT

    Energy, politics, and security go hand and hand, and as Daniel Yergin deftly points out  in his book, "The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power" oil has "meant mastery through the years" since the beginning of World War I.   Oil has been a key ingredient in the development of the industrialized world economy, but it has also been used as a weapon in the hands of dictatorial rulers more »

  • Will Natural Gas Become a Popular Fueling Option in the US?

    By Zain Abbas - June 25, 2013 | Tickers: CLNE, CMI, WPRT

    When natural-gas spot prices crossed the $4 mark (per MMBtu), many people started to think that soon natural gas would reach a price level where it may not remain a cheap substitute to diesel (as transportation fuel) or coal (as feedstock). Their opinion was strengthened when US legislation passed a bill in which natural gas will be liquefied (essentially turned into LNG) and exported.

    However, natural-gas spot prices have recently more »

  • Boone Pickens Just Cashed Chesapeake Out of Clean Energy Fuels: What Should You Do?

    By Jason Hall - June 19, 2013 | Tickers: CHK, CLNE, UPL, WPRT

    Chesapeake Energy (NYSE: CHK) has been decreasing its ownership stake in Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ: CLNE) for a few months as it looks to get its own house in order. Last week, Clean Energy co-founder, board member, and outspoken proponent of domestic energy T Boone Pickens picked up a $60 million promissory note from Chesapeake for its remaining Clean Energy shares, which will increase his stake in the company by more »

  • A Regular Fool's Retirement Portfolio: The Energy Future

    By Jason Hall - June 17, 2013 | Tickers: CLNE, SCTY, TSLA, UPL, WPRT

    I'm in the middle of rolling over a 401k from my former career, and I'm asking readers to follow along as I invest in some of the world's best companies. Go here to see my portfolio in action, and click on my profile to the right to see other posts about this topic. Will you learn more from my successes, or my failures? Only time will answer more »

  • A Safer Way To Invest In Westport Innovations

    By Kevin Quon - June 4, 2013 | Tickers: WPRT

    Westport Innovations (NASDAQ: WPRT) is a provider of engine and fuel system technologies revolving around gaseous fuels. The company is largely seen as a complementary play in the ongoing natural gas revolution now taking place in the United States. With the rapidly growing adoption of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, vast reserves of natural gas continues to be uncovered across the nation thereby keeping the prices of the commodity low more »

  • This Alternative Fuel Solutions Provider Is Still in the Game

    By Nick Chiu - May 30, 2013 | Tickers: CLNE, FSYS, GM, WPRT

    The need for clean air will never stop and the increasing utilization of gaseous fuels makes Fuel Systems Solutions (NASDAQ: FSYS) a great long-term investment. Fuel Systems designs, manufactures, and supplies a proven, cost-effective alternative fuel components and systems for transportation and industrial applications.

    Fuel Systems offers products including gaseous fuel regulators and fuel shut-off valves to control the pressure and flow of gaseous alternative fuels, such as propane and more »

  • Natural Gas Keeps Rolling Forward

    By Nihar Patel - May 28, 2013 | Tickers: CLNE, CMI, WPRT

    Natural gas is in a very precarious place with oil suffering a recent decline. Oil is headed back up and is almost at the $100 mark, but it only seems to take some weak global economic news to send it down. Also, non-traditional sources of oil are becoming more viable and cheaper as things develop. At this point though, I think an economy partially based on natural gas as an more »

  • Siemens, Caterpillar and Westport: Will These Big Engines Stay on Track?

    By Scott Levine - May 23, 2013 | Tickers: BRK-A, CNI, CAT, CLNE, SI, WPRT

    When people think of revolutions in transportation, they probably don’t think of the railroads. But, that might be changing sooner rather than later.

    All Aboard!

    Last week Amtrak revealed a plan to replace 70 of its older locomotives with newer, more efficient models. Utilizing a braking system that converts 100% of the energy it uses back to the electric grid, the new engines, built by Siemens AG (NYSE: SImore »)

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