Propane truck engine unveiled by Cummins Wesport

VANCOUVER, (May 7, 2003) — Cummins Westport Inc., a joint venture of engine maker Cummins Inc. and Westport Innovations has announced the launch of a new low-emissions LPG (liquid petroleum gas) engine for mid-size truck and bus applications.

Available for order May 15, 2003, the 195-horsepower Cummins Westport B LPG Plus propane engine features the same advanced technologies found in the Cummins Westport C Gas Plus and B Gas Plus natural gas engines, the company says.

These features include: drive-by-wire technology; advanced electronic controls; improved sensors; knock detection and wider range fuel capability. The engine will be available in new vehicles manufactured by ElDorado National, Elgin Sweeper Co., Ottawa Truck, and Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp.

The company says the spark-ignited LPG engine is ideal for mid-size delivery and pickup trucks, shuttle buses, school buses, sweepers, yard spotters, and refuse trucks. The engine is certified to emit 12 per cent less oxides of nitrogen and non-methane hydrocarbons, and 70 per cent less particulate matter than the coming 2004 ceilings established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)for heavy-duty trucks and buses.

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