Westport Innovations Inc.

Westport Innovations Inc.

April 14, 2005 15:24 ET

Westport Signs MOU with Beijing Tianhai Industry Co. Ltd. 'BTIC'


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FOR: WESTPORT INNOVATIONS INC.

TSX SYMBOL: WPT

APRIL 14, 2005 - 15:24 ET

Westport Signs MOU with Beijing Tianhai Industry Co.
Ltd. 'BTIC'

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - April 14, 2005) - Westport
Innovations of Vancouver (TSX:WPT) today announced it has signed a
Memorandum of Understanding with Beijing Tianhai Industry Co. Ltd.
(BTIC) of the People's Republic of China, to work together to explore
business opportunities to develop and market natural gas tanks for the
transportation market.

BTIC is a Sino-Korean cooperative company that has expertise in the
design and manufacture of gas cylinders serving a wide range of
applications, including automotive and industrial. BTIC manufactured
more than one million cylinders in their Beijing and Tianjin facilities
in 2004.

"Westport is pleased to be working with BTIC, an industry leader in
natural gas storage, to advance the use of natural gas in transportation
in China. Customers are asking for an integrated solution, including
reliable on-board fuel storage. By working with companies like BTIC, we
are making strong strides in developing this complete vehicle solution,"
said Dr. Mike Gallagher, President of Westport Innovations Inc.

"China is experiencing a growing demand to use natural gas in
transportation applications to address environmental and energy security
challenges," said Mr. Wang Pingsheng, President of BTIC. "We are looking
forward to working with Westport, an industry leader, to help provide
complete solutions to customers looking to make the transition from oil
to natural gas."

Westport Innovations Inc. is the leading developer of technologies that
allow vehicles to operate on clean-burning fuels such as natural gas,
hydrogen, and hydrogen-enriched natural gas (HCNG). Westport has
technology development alliances in place with Ford, MAN, BMW and Isuzu,
and an ownership interest in Clean Energy, the largest provider of
vehicular natural gas in North America.
Cummins Westport Inc., our joint venture with Cummins Inc., manufactures
and sells the world's widest range of low-emissions alternative fuel
engines for commercial transportation applications such as trucks and
buses.

Note: This document contains forward-looking statements about Westport's
business, operations, technology development or to the environment in
which it operates, which are based on Westport's estimates, forecasts,
and projections. These statements are not guarantees of future
performance and involve risks and uncertainties that are difficult to
predict, or are beyond Westport's control. Consequently, readers should
not place any undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. In
addition, these forward-looking statements relate to the date on which
they are made. Westport disclaims any intention or obligation to update
or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new
information, future events or otherwise.

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