VANCOUVER—Cummins Westport Inc, a provider of high-performance, alternative fuel engines for the North American on-highway market, is supplying engines for what the company says is two of the largest natural gas transit fleet orders in North America to date.
In January, LA Metro announced plans to order 550 New Flyer Xcelsior natural gas buses, powered with the Cummins Westport ISL G 8.9-litre 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. LA Metro has one of the largest transit fleets in North America.
“We have had a good working relationship with Cummins Westport,” said John Drayton, manager for vehicle technology for 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, the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (SDMTS) announced the decision to purchase up to 350 Gillig 40-foot low floor buses and 118 New Flyer 60-foot low floor articulated buses, all powered with the CWI ISL G 8.9L. SDMTS will receive 47 articulated buses and 50 forty-foot buses in 2013, with another 50 per year replacing buses in the current compressed natural gas (CNG) fueled fleet over the following four years.