VANCOUVER, BC – Cummins Westport Inc. (CWI), a leading provider of high-performance, alternative fuel engines for the global market, announced today that Daimler Trucks North America will offer the ISL G natural gas engine in Freightliner M2 tractor/truck configurations. Both LNG and CNG options are planned for introduction in mid 2009. The Cummins Westport ISL G, an 8.9 litre stoichiometric cooled-exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) engine, offers the lowest emissions available in the industry without sacrificing top-level performance and efficiency.
“Demand for the Sterling LNG tractor with the Cummins Westport ISL G natural gas engine has been encouraging. By introducing the Freightliner M2 112 with natural gas, in replacement of the Sterling Setback 113, we’re continuing to provide our customers a hard-working truck with added economic & environmental benefits,” noted Chris Patterson, President and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America of Daimler Trucks.
Guan Saw, President of CWI, added, “This is an opportunity to continue the CWI OEM platform with Freightliner, one of North America's market-leading truck manufacturers. Freightliner natural gas trucks will provide a clean, low emission solution for applications in short-haul port operations, as well as natural gas utilities and municipal fleets."
The ISL G meets EPA 2010 emission standards of 0.2 g/bhp-hr (grams per brake horsepower hour) NOx (nitrogen oxide) and 0.01 g/bhp-hr PM (particulate matter) today. The ISL G leverages Cummins’ proven cooled Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) with stoichiometric combustion allowing for the use of a three way catalyst, which is maintenance free. No further aftertreatment is required. In addition to delivering ultra-low emissions, the ISL G, with ratings from 250 to 320 horsepower, delivers increased thermal efficiency and over 30% higher low-speed torque compared with previous CWI “Plus” engines. CWI has already logged significant orders for the ISL G from Sterling Truck (a Daimler brand) as well refuse truck fleets and U.S. transit properties, including Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority, Sacramento Regional Transit and the Orange County Transportation Authority. More information about the ISL G can be found at: www.cumminswestport.com/products/islg.php
Cummins Westport Inc. designs, engineers and markets 6–12 liter spark-ignited natural gas engines for North American commercial transportation applications such as trucks and buses. Cummins Westport 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 Fuel Systems Inc. (NASDAQ/TSX: WPRT), a global leader in alternative fuel, low-emissions technologies that allow engines to operate on clean-burning fuels such as compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), hydrogen, and biofuels such as landfill gas. For more information, visit www.cumminswestport.com.
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