New Cummins Westport engine selected by Los Angeles for up to 600 buses

    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.

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