VANCOUVER, July 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Cummins Westport Inc. announced today that its low-emissions L Gas Plus natural gas engine has been selected by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of Los Angeles County for an order of up to 600 buses. Initially the transit authority will purchase 200 buses equipped with the L Gas Plus engine, with the right to increase the order to 600 if certain options are exercised. "With the options, this is the largest order Cummins Westport has received to date and the first order for the new 320-horsepower L Gas Plus," says Hugh Foden, President of Cummins Westport. "We are pleased to be filling our 2005 backlog with such a significant order." The Metropolitan Transportation Authority of Los Angeles County has ordered the Cummins Westport 8.9-liter L Gas Plus natural gas engines for installation in 60-foot, low-floor articulating buses, manufactured by North American Bus Industries (NABI) of Anniston, AL. The first of these buses will be delivered by mid-2005 with remaining deliveries through 2006. After delivery of the first 200 engines, 70% of the transit authority's total fleet of 2400 buses will be powered by natural gas, making it one of the largest natural gas-powered transit bus fleets in the world. The commercial launch of the L Gas Plus engine is planned for mid-2004. The L Gas Plus is targeted to achieve a level of 1.2 grams of oxides of nitrogen per brake-horsepower hour (g/bhp-hr). This represents a reduction of more than 40% over the best equivalent low-emissions diesel engines certified to date. It is also expected to be certified at 0.01 g/hp-hr for particulate matter without a particulate trap, which is 80% lower than the levels set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations for transit buses. Cummins Westport, a joint venture of Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CUM) and Westport Innovations Inc. (TSX:WPT), develops and markets low-emissions alternative fuel engines manufactured by Cummins. Cummins is a global power leader in engines, electrical power generation systems and related technologies. Westport Innovations is the leading developer of clean natural gas- and hydrogen-fueled engines. Cummins Westport Inc., formed in 2001, develops and markets low-emissions alternative fuel vehicle engines manufactured by Cummins. Note: This document contains forward-looking statements about Westport's business, operations, technology development or to the environment in which it operates, which are based on Westport's estimates, forecasts and projections. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict, or are beyond Westport's control. Consequently, readers should not place any undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. In addition, these forward-looking statements relate to the date on which they are made. Westport disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
SOURCE Westport Innovations Inc.; Cummins Inc.