Darlington, UK (June 8, 2009) -

Cummins Westport natural gas engines will power new buses to drive down emissions in Kayseri, Turkey.  Cummins is working closely with Turkish manufacturer BMC to deliver nearly 200 12 metre city buses.  These will go into service with the Kayseri Municipality, a large industrialized city in Central Anatolia with a population close to 900,000 people.

The C Gas Plus engines are developed by Cummins Westport Inc, a joint venture between Cummins Inc. and Westport Innovations Inc, which develops alternative fuel engines.  They will be rated at 280hp with a peak torque of 1152 Nm and will meet Euro 4 emissions standards, introduced in Turkey in January 2009.
This is a significant step, as the previous vehicles met Euro 1 emissions levels, and reflects a reduction in oxides of nitrogen emissions of over 50% and particulate emissions of over 90%.

Cummins Account Manager for BMC, Cigdem Saroglu said “Cummins has had a long standing partnership with BMC.  Previous business has been focused on our diesel engines, so this new project is very exciting.
It is BMC’s and Cummins Westport’s first volume order for natural gas engines in Turkey.”

Originally there were 382 minibuses in Kayseri responsible for local transport.  The government asked the minibus drivers to move to gas buses to support their efforts to improve air quality. The size and the capacity of the new BMC vehicles meant that two minibus drivers could share one new bus, reducing the required number of vehicles by one half.  A typical minibus will carry 14 passengers, whereas the bus has seating for 36 with additional standing capacity.  This helps provide traffic congestion benefits as well as reducing emissions.

“In addition to improving air quality, they expect the engines to show an improvement in fuel economy of between 30 to 40%.  The lower noise of the gas product will also provide a more comfortable experience for passengers,” continued Ms Saroglu.

“Operators will also be able to take advantage of the cost benefits of running on natural gas and be less susceptible to changes in diesel prices affected by the global fluctuations in the price of crude oil,” she added.

The new buses will go into service from June 2009, and Kayseri will build two new gas stations to support the project.

Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is 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. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana (USA), Cummins serves customers in approximately 190 countries and territories through a network of more than 500 company-owned and independent distributor locations and approximately 5,200 dealer locations. Cummins reported net income of $755 million on sales of $14.3 billion in 2008. Press releases can be found on the web at everytime.cummins.com.

Cummins Westport Inc. manufactures and sells the world's widest range of low-emissions alternative fuel engines for commercial transportation applications such as trucks and buses.  There are over 20,000 units in service around the world