Cummins Westport receives funding for natural gas engines

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VANCOUVER, B.C. — Cummins Westport has received a boost for development of its low-emissions natural gas engine.

The U.S. Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory agreed to provide $816,960 in funding to Westport.

Westport will use the funding to further develop its 8.9 litre L Gas Plus natural gas engine, which is expected to hit the market in mid-2004. The 320-horsepower engine will be offered by Cummins as one of its alternative fuel engines for trucks.

“With this new spark-ignited engine, Cummins Westport offers the widest range of natural gas engines in the market, which means greater choice and availability for our customers,” said Hugh Foden, president of Cummins Westport.

Westport’s natural gas engine is expected to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides by 40 per cent while realizing a 90 per cent reduction in particulate matter.

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