VANCOUVER, Aug. 26 /CNW/ - Westport Innovations Inc.
(TSX:WPT/NASDAQ: WPRT), a global leader in alternative fuel, low-emissions
transporation technologies, announced today that the US Department of Energy's
(DOE) Clean Cities program to reduce petroleum consumption in the
transportation sector has awarded $300 million funding for 25 cost-share
projects across the US that will deploy more than 9,000 alternative fuel and
energy efficient vehicles and build 542 new refueling stations. Based on the
DOE's announcement, funding for approximately 500 LNG trucks and 2,300 CNG
vehicles, including refuse trucks and shuttle buses, were awarded. Westport
anticipates that a significant portion of these 2,800 vehicles will be sourced
from manufacturers incorporating Westport's 15-litre GX engine or CWI's 8.9
litre ISL G engine.
"This is a significant and decisive announcement for natural gas trucks
and urban fleet vehicles," said Michael Gallagher, President & Chief Operating
Officer of Westport. "Given the vehicle applications of the projects awarded
funding, we expect to benefit from the majority of funding through the sale of
Westport HD systems and through the sale of Cummins Westport ISL G engines.
Given the current price gap between oil and natural gas, and the recent
breakthroughs in natural gas shale resource development, the benefits have
never been clearer. We congratulate the DOE Clean Cities program for their
timely deployment of these stimulus projects that will inevitably lead to
dramatic growth in the green energy industry."
Details of the projects approved for funding can be found on the DOE
website at www.energy.gov/news2009/7843.htm. Of the projects, 18 include LNG
and/or CNG heavy-duty vehicles and refueling stations. Highlights for Westport
would include the South Coast Air Quality Management District's UPS
Ontario-Las Vegas LNG Corridor Expansion Project, which will provide a 700
mile LNG fueling corridor along one of the most heavily travelled truck routes
in the US. UPS will construct a publicly accessible LNG fuel station in Las
Vegas and will deploy 150 LNG heavy-duty trucks as part of this DOE program.
The San Bernadino Associated Governments' J.B. Hunt LNG Truck Project: Made in
America Initiative will allow J.B. Hunt to deploy its first LNG trucks in
Southern California. Natural gas refuse truck programs were funded in New
Jersey, Long Island, Chicago, and Idaho. Port Drayage projects in Los Angeles
also received funding.
Westport cautions that no contracts have been awarded for these programs
and no orders for vehicles have been released yet. While the exact timing of
the funding awarded to applicants is unclear at this time, the Company expects
further updates from both our customers and government agencies as contracting
About Clean Cities
Clean Cities is a government-industry partnership sponsored by the U.S.
Department of Energy's (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Program. Clean Cities'
mission is to advance the energy, economic and environmental security of the
United States by supporting local decision to adopt practices that reduces the
use of petroleum in the transportation sector. The funding is provided under
the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act awards for alternative fuels and
advanced vehicle pilot program.
About Westport Innovations Inc.
Westport Innovations Inc. is a leading global supplier of proprietary
solutions that allow engines to operate on clean-burning fuels such as
compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), hydrogen and
biofuels such as landfill gas. Cummins Westport Inc., Westport's joint venture
with Cummins Inc., manufactures and sells the world's broadest range of
low-emissions alternative fuel engines for commercial transportation
applications such as trucks and buses. BTIC Westport Inc., Westport's joint
venture with Beijing Tianhai Industry Co. Ltd., manufactures and sells LNG
fuel tanks for vehicles. Westport's joint venture with OMVL SpA, Juniper
Engines Inc., offers light-duty LPG engine solutions for industrial
applications such as forklifts. www.westport.com
Note: This document contains forward-looking statements about Westport's
business, operations, technology development or the environment in which it
operates, including statements relating to the US Department of Energy's Clean
Cities program funding and projects relating to LNG and CNG vehicles,and their
potential impact on Westport 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
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