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
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.