Cummins Westport reports NG vehicle growth

Jason Cannon

February 7, 2013

Cummins Westport Inc. announced Wednesday the company will supply engines for two of the largest natural gas transit fleet orders in North America to date.

In January, LA Metro announced its plans to order 550 New Flyer Xcelsior natural gas buses, powered with the Cummins Westport ISL G 8.9 liter engine to be deployed in 2014 and 2015, with an option to purchase an additional 350 buses in 2016 for both its own fleet and contract operators, the company says. LA Metro has one of the largest transit fleets in North America.

“We have had a good working relationship with Cummins Westport,” says John Drayton, manager for vehicle technology at LA Metro. “There are more than 1,500 natural gas buses in our fleet running on CWI engines. LA Metro is dedicated to being 100 percent natural gas, and CWI is a valued partner in that.”

In December 2012, Cummins Westport says the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (SDMTS) announced the decision to purchase up to 350 Gillig 40-ft. low-floor buses and 118 New Flyer 60-ft. low-floor articulated buses, all powered with the CWI ISL G 8.9L.

SDMTS says it will receive 47 articulated buses and 50 40-ft. buses in 2013, with another 50 per year being delivered to replace buses in the current compressed natural gas fueled fleet over the following four years.

“San Diego’s transit system has been on the path of natural gas transportation for a long time, and our fleet is composed of 80 percent CNG vehicles,” says Julio Ortiz, director of maintenance with SDMTS. “We have always been a good customer of CWI.”

Currently, there are more than 7,000 buses in municipal service across North America fueled by natural gas, the company says.

“Substantial orders such as these from LA Metro and San Diego are ongoing evidence of the growing acceptance of natural gas in the transit market,” says Jim Arthurs, president at Cummins Westport. 

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