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Tata Motors and ATFCAN of Canada join hands for advanced CNG technology for buses
from Vaishnavi Corporate Communications

ATF Advanced Technologies & Fuels Canada Inc. (ATFCAN), and Tata Motors today entered into a partnership to launch a compressed natural gas (CNG) bus demonstration project in New Delhi.

According to the terms of the memorandum of understanding signed today in New Delhi by the President and Chief Executive Officer of ATFCAN, Mr. Rodney Semotiuk, and Mr. A.P. Arya, President (Medium & Heavy Commercial Vehicles) of Tata Motors, six buses designed for transit and intercity applications will feature advanced CNG engine and fuel storage systems. Work on the project will begin immediately and the demonstration buses will start rolling in January 2007.

Two Canadian companies, Cummins Westport Inc. (CWI) of Vancouver and Dynetek Industries Ltd. of Calgary, will provide respectively the new engines and the lightweight compressed natural gas storage systems.

The replacement of current CNG and diesel engines with new lean-burn CNG engines will translate into substantially lower emissions, higher fuel efficiency and reliable performance. The new roof-mounted cylinders are more than 60% lighter than those currently in use and will provide bus operators with extended driving range, as well as improved vehicle fuel economy.

Tata Motors has been manufacturing and marketing CNG buses since 2000, a significant step in Indian road transportation to improve emission standards and to offer better fuel economy. More than 60% of buses plying in Delhi are Tata Motors CNG buses. The company has introduced CNG buses also in Mumbai and Gujarat. The company is also experimenting with buses run on bio-diesel in Pune.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. A P Arya, President (Medium & Heavy Commercial Vehicles), Tata Motors, said, "Tata Motors' goal is to develop and facilitate technology solutions for sustainable development, protecting the environment and continually improving operating economy. We have on our own have been taking such initiatives. The partnership with ATFCAN is one more step in realising our goal."

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Mr. Semotiuk said, "This new partnership with Tata Motors is an important step for ATFCAN as well as for Cummins Westport and Dynetek. Tata Motors is one of the principal economic partners in India and ATFCAN is proud to join with Tata Motors in raising the bar and introducing significant new technology to India. It is also a great opportunity for Cummins Westport and Dynetek to demonstrate their know-how and showcase leading Canadian technological innovations in India. This is a first for all of us -- the first time ATFCAN enters the Indian market, the first time Cummins Westport and Dynetek demonstrate this specific technology as a package in India, and the first time Tata Motors joins with our three Canadian companies. This augurs well for the future".

Speaking on behalf of Cummins Westport Inc. (CWI), its President, Mr. Guan Saw, stated, "CWI greatly appreciates the opportunity to work with our Canadian partners to bring CWI advanced CNG engine technology to this bus demonstration project in New Delhi. We are also thrilled to work with Tata Motors in this project, as Tata Motors will be installing our CWI natural gas engines in their buses. The demonstration project in New Delhi will provide impetus to reduce air pollution in the city as New Delhi will be hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2010."

The President and CEO of Dynetek Industries, Mr. Robb Thompson, said, "We are pleased to be working with Tata Motors and our Canadian project partners on this demonstration bus project in India. This project provides an excellent opportunity for our industry to showcase our leading CNG technology for public transportation."

ATFCAN, which commercialises clean energy technologies around the world, is a not-for-profit corporation based in Ottawa. It was established in 2003 with financial support from ATCO Gas, Enbridge, SaskEnergy, Terasen International and Natural Resources Canada.

This bus demonstration is part of CNG India: Clean Energy Works(tm), an overall compressed natural gas project developed by ATFCAN and supported by the Government of Canada, Natural Resources Canada, and the Technology Early Action Measures Programme under the Climate Change Fund.

Source: Vaishnavi Corporate Communications

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