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published: August 26, 2009
VANCOUVER, BC – Westport Innovations Inc. (TSX:WPT/NASDAQ:WPRT), a global leader in alternative fuel, low-emissions transportation 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 processes begin.
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.
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 renewable natural gas (RNG) fuels such as landfill gas and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Westport technology offers advanced LNG fueling systems with direct injection natural gas engine technology for heavy-duty vehicles such as highway trucks and off-road applications such as mining and rail. Cummins Westport, our joint venture with Cummins Inc., designs, engineers and markets spark-ignited natural gas engines for medium- and heavy-duty transportation applications such as trucks and buses. Westport is also one of the global leaders for natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) fuel system technology, design, and components in passenger cars, light-duty trucks and industrial applications such as forklifts. To learn more about our business, visit westport.com, subscribe to our RSS feed, or follow us on Twitter @WestportDotCom.