~New Transit Fleet Order from LA and San Diego Largest Ever in North
VANCOUVER, Feb. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - Cummins Westport Inc. (CWI), a leading
provider of high-performance, alternative fuel engines for the North
American on-highway market, is supplying engines for two of the largest
natural gas transit fleet orders in North America to date.
In January, LA Metro announced its plans to order 550 New Flyer Xcelsior
natural gas buses, powered with the Cummins Westport ISL G 8.9 litre
engine to be deployed in 2014 and 2015, with an option to purchase an
additional 350 buses in 2016 for both its own fleet and contract
operators. LA Metro has one of the largest transit fleets in North
"We have had a good working relationship with Cummins Westport," said
John Drayton, Manager for Vehicle Technology for LA Metro. "There are
more than 1,500 natural gas buses in our fleet running on CWI engines.
LA Metro is dedicated to being 100 percent natural gas, and CWI is a
valued partner in that."
In December 2012, the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (SDMTS)
announced the decision to purchase up to 350 Gillig 40-foot low floor
buses and 118 New Flyer 60-foot low floor articulated buses, all
powered with the CWI ISL G 8.9L. SDMTS will receive 47 articulated
buses and 50 forty-foot buses in 2013, with another 50 per year being
delivered to replace buses in the current compressed natural gas (CNG)
fueled fleet over the following four years.
"San Diego's transit system has been on the path of natural gas
transportation for a long time, and our fleet is composed of 80 percent
CNG vehicles," said Julio Ortiz, Director of Maintenance with SDMTS.
"We have always been a good customer of CWI."
Currently, there are more than 7,000 buses in municipal service across
North America fueled by natural gas.
"Substantial orders such as these from LA Metro and San Diego are
ongoing evidence of the growing acceptance of natural gas in the
transit market," said Jim Arthurs, President, Cummins Westport.
About the Cummins Westport ISL G
The Cummins Westport ISL G, an 8.9 litre stoichiometric cooled-exhaust
gas recirculation (EGR) engine, is certified to 2010 EPA emissions,
reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and offers top-level performance and
efficiency. The ISL G engine is a purpose built natural gas engine
manufactured in the Cummins Engine Plant in Rocky Mount, NC that
operates on either compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural
gas (LNG), both of which are cost effective, low carbon, and low
emissions fuels. With ratings up to 320 hp and 1,000 lb-ft of torque,
the ISL G features maintenance free three way catalyst (TWC)
aftertreatment, and does not require the use of selective catalytic
reduction (SCR) or a diesel particulate filter (DPF) More information
about the ISL G can be found at: www.cumminswestport.com/models/isl-g
About Cummins Westport Inc.
Cummins Westport Inc. sells the world's widest range of low-emissions
alternative fuel engines for commercial transportation applications
such as trucks and buses. CWI is a joint venture of Cummins Inc.
(NYSE: CMI), a corporation of complementary business units that design,
manufacture, distribute and service engines and related technologies,
including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission
solutions and electrical power generation systems, and Westport
Innovations Inc. (NASDAQ: WPRT / TSX:WPT), a leading developer of
technologies that allow engines to operate on clean-burning fuels such
as natural gas, hydrogen, and hydrogen-enriched natural gas (HCNG). www.cumminswestport.com
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