Cummins-Westport JV receives first sales order for 13 HPDI - ISX trucks from San Francisco's Norcal Waste Systems Inc.

Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from Westport Innovations Inc.

    VANCOUVER, BC and COLUMBUS, IN, April 10 /PRNewswire/ - Cummins Inc.
 (NYSE:  CUM) of Columbus, Indiana and Westport Innovations Inc. (TSE:WPT) of
 Vancouver, British Columbia announced today that their recently-formed joint
 venture has received sales orders from Norcal Waste Systems Inc. of San
 Francisco for 13 low-emissions, natural gas Cummins ISX heavy-duty truck
 engines with Westport's High Pressure Direct Injection (HPDI) fuel system.
     Last year, as previously announced, Norcal placed an order for one field
 test version of the natural gas truck engine from Westport. Norcal's decision
 to order an additional 13 follows the announcement last month of a Cummins-
 Westport joint venture to design and market alternative engines for vehicles,
 and the announcement in February that the Westport fuel system has obtained
 low-emissions certification from the California Air Resources Board. All the
 trucks for Norcal are scheduled for delivery this year.
     "Norcal's fleet of 14 new, natural gas HPDI trucks should provide an
 excellent opportunity for documenting the operating costs and performance
 benefits of the Westport fuel system," said David Demers, President and Chief
 Executive Officer of Westport. "The information will assist the Cummins-
 Westport joint venture in its ongoing product development program."
     "For Norcal, the Westport's natural gas fuel system provides a unique
 combination of values," said Bennie Anselmo, Norcal's Vice-President of
 Equipment and Maintenance. "We obtain the performance our drivers require, the
 low-emissions that our community requires, and the operational efficiency that
 our company requires."
     The chassis for each truck will be Peterbilt 378 manufactured by a unit
 of Paccar Inc. of Bellevue, Washington, a leading global truck chassis
 manufacturer. Cummins and Paccar signed a long-term engine supply agreement
 earlier this month.
     Each of the trucks will use a 15-litre, Cummins ISX 400 horsepower
 engine. With the Westport HPDI fuel system, the Cummins ISX engine retains the
 power, performance and fuel efficiency of the standard diesel fuel ISX engine
 while operating on natural gas, which offers reduced life cycle costs and
 lower emissions.
 
     Norcal operates a fleet of approximately 1,400 vehicles and provides
 solid waste management services for more than 400,000 residential and 50,000
 commercial and industrial customers in San Francisco and more than 50 other
 communities in California. Most of the new natural gas trucks will be used by
 Norcal to haul refuse from San Francisco to Altamont Pass Landfill, a 58-mile
 trip.
 
     Note: This news release contains forward-looking statements about
 Cummins' and Westport's business and technology development plans based on the
 current expectations of management of both companies. Cummins and Westport
 caution investors that due to risks and uncertainties, actual events may
 differ materially from current expectations.
 
 

SOURCE Westport Innovations Inc.
    VANCOUVER, BC and COLUMBUS, IN, April 10 /PRNewswire/ - Cummins Inc.
 (NYSE:  CUM) of Columbus, Indiana and Westport Innovations Inc. (TSE:WPT) of
 Vancouver, British Columbia announced today that their recently-formed joint
 venture has received sales orders from Norcal Waste Systems Inc. of San
 Francisco for 13 low-emissions, natural gas Cummins ISX heavy-duty truck
 engines with Westport's High Pressure Direct Injection (HPDI) fuel system.
     Last year, as previously announced, Norcal placed an order for one field
 test version of the natural gas truck engine from Westport. Norcal's decision
 to order an additional 13 follows the announcement last month of a Cummins-
 Westport joint venture to design and market alternative engines for vehicles,
 and the announcement in February that the Westport fuel system has obtained
 low-emissions certification from the California Air Resources Board. All the
 trucks for Norcal are scheduled for delivery this year.
     "Norcal's fleet of 14 new, natural gas HPDI trucks should provide an
 excellent opportunity for documenting the operating costs and performance
 benefits of the Westport fuel system," said David Demers, President and Chief
 Executive Officer of Westport. "The information will assist the Cummins-
 Westport joint venture in its ongoing product development program."
     "For Norcal, the Westport's natural gas fuel system provides a unique
 combination of values," said Bennie Anselmo, Norcal's Vice-President of
 Equipment and Maintenance. "We obtain the performance our drivers require, the
 low-emissions that our community requires, and the operational efficiency that
 our company requires."
     The chassis for each truck will be Peterbilt 378 manufactured by a unit
 of Paccar Inc. of Bellevue, Washington, a leading global truck chassis
 manufacturer. Cummins and Paccar signed a long-term engine supply agreement
 earlier this month.
     Each of the trucks will use a 15-litre, Cummins ISX 400 horsepower
 engine. With the Westport HPDI fuel system, the Cummins ISX engine retains the
 power, performance and fuel efficiency of the standard diesel fuel ISX engine
 while operating on natural gas, which offers reduced life cycle costs and
 lower emissions.
 
     Norcal operates a fleet of approximately 1,400 vehicles and provides
 solid waste management services for more than 400,000 residential and 50,000
 commercial and industrial customers in San Francisco and more than 50 other
 communities in California. Most of the new natural gas trucks will be used by
 Norcal to haul refuse from San Francisco to Altamont Pass Landfill, a 58-mile
 trip.
 
     Note: This news release contains forward-looking statements about
 Cummins' and Westport's business and technology development plans based on the
 current expectations of management of both companies. Cummins and Westport
 caution investors that due to risks and uncertainties, actual events may
 differ materially from current expectations.
 
 SOURCE Westport Innovations Inc.