Westport Innovations Inc.

Westport Innovations Inc.

June 06, 2007 20:25 ET

Westport Innovations Inc.: First 20 LNG Heavy Duty Trucks to Deploy at Los Angeles Ports

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 6, 2007) - Westport Innovations Inc. (TSX:WPT), a global leader in gaseous-fuelled power technologies, announced today that the Board of South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has approved US$2.9 million for the immediate acquisition and deployment of 20 Westport liquefied natural gas (LNG) heavy-duty trucks at the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) and Port of Long Beach (POLB). Under the terms of the agreement with SCAQMD, Total Transportation Services Inc. (TTSI) of Los Angeles will replace 20 of its pre-1990 trucks with the 2006 CARB and EPA certified Westport LNG systems installed in Kenworth T800 trucks. The funding support for TTSI's LNG vehicle acquisition represents US$144,000 per truck.

"Westport is proud to play a key role in helping the West Coast's busiest ports improve air quality and do their part in the fight against global warming," said Mike Gallagher, President and COO of Westport. "South Coast (SCAQMD) has been an important partner of Westport's for some time and this funding is another important milestone."

On February 1, 2007, SCAQMD, POLA, and POLB released a joint request for proposals for US$22 million to solicit LNG truck projects. On February 3, 2006, the Board of SCAQMD set aside US$6 million to replace older heavy-duty diesel trucks at the POLA and the POLB with new LNG trucks. The ports contributed US$8 million each towards this project. Six applications to the RFP were received for 170 trucks for a total funding request of US$24.5 million. The San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan, approved in November of 2006, sets out a plan to replace approximately 5,300 diesel trucks with LNG trucks by 2011.

About the South Coast Air Quality Management District

The SCAQMD is the air pollution control agency for all of Orange County and the urban portions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. This area of 10,743 square miles is home to over 16 million people - about half the population of the whole state of California. It is the second most populated urban area in the United States and one of the smoggiest. Different types and levels of air pollution can cause or contribute to everything from watery eyes and fatigue to respiratory disease, lung damage, cancer, birth defects, and premature death. Because this area's smog problem is so severe, AQMD often finds itself at the forefront of the nation's emission reduction efforts. www.aqmd.gov

About Westport Heavy Duty LNG Trucks

Westport's liquefied natural gas (LNG) system for heavy-duty trucks offers a unique industry solution with class-leading emissions and low greenhouse gases, while maintaining all the horsepower, torque, and efficiency of a diesel-fueled engine that is required in heavy-duty truck applications. The Westport engine is fuelled with LNG - a safe, cost effective, low carbon, and low emissions fuel. The Westport LNG system is available with 400 and 450 horsepower ratings and up to 1,750 lb-ft torque for heavy-duty port, freight, and vocational applications.

About Westport Innovations Inc.

Westport Innovations Inc. is a leading global supplier of proprietary solutions 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. Cummins Westport Inc., Westport's joint venture with Cummins Inc., manufactures and sells the world's broadest range of low-emissions alternative fuel engines for commercial transportation applications such as trucks and buses. BTIC Westport Inc., Westport's joint venture with Beijing Tianhai Industry Co. Ltd., manufactures and sells LNG fuel tanks for vehicles.

Note: This document contains forward-looking statements about Westport's business, operations, technology development or 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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