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VANCOUVER, B.C. — Cummins and Westport Innovations are building 13 natural gas-powered heavy-duty trucks for Norcal Waste Systems of San Franscisco, Calif.

Built using a Peterbilt 378 chassis, the trucks feature Cummins’ 15-litre, 400-hp. ISX model engine and Westport’s High Pressure Direct Injection fuel system.

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.

The order follows a field test of the natural gas truck by Norcal.

The trucks are scheduled to be delivered to Norcal this year.

Cummins and Westport last month announced a joint venture to support the manufacturing of natural gas-powered heavy-truck engines.

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