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Tata Motors & ATFCAN Of Canada join hands to demonstrate advanced CNG Technology for Buses Press kit

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9 March, 2006

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”.

The significance of this new partnership was also underlined by the principals of CWI and Dynetek.

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™, 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.

About Tata Motors

Tata Motors, the flagship company of the Tata Group, is India’s largest automobile company, with revenues of US$ 4.7 billion in 2004-05. With over 3 million Tata vehicles plying in India, it is the leader by far in commercial vehicles and the second largest in passenger cars. It is also the world’s fifth largest medium and heavy truck manufacturer and the second largest medium and heavy bus manufacturer. Tata cars, buses and trucks are already being marketed in several countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, and South East Asia and in Australia. The company acquired the Daewoo Commercial Vehicles Company, Korea’s second largest truck maker, in 2004. In 2005, it acquired a 21% stake in Hispano Carrocera, the reputed Spanish bus and coach manufacturer.

About ATF Advanced Technology & Fuels Canada Inc. (ATFCAN) of Ottawa

ATFCAN commercializes clean energy technologies and provides markets with integrated alternative energy solutions to help clients reduce greenhouse gas emissions and environmental pollutants. By providing technologies for mobile and stationary applications that use local resources, ATFCAN helps increase energy security. Natural gas, bioenergy, renewable energy, efficient power generation systems and hydrogen are all part of ATFCAN’s energy portfolio. A not-for-profit organization, ATFCAN promotes strategies that are cost-effective and tailored to the markets they serve.

About Cummins Westport Inc. of Vancouver. 

Cummins Westport (CWI) is a joint venture between leading diesel engine manufacturer Cummins Inc. and alternative fuels engine technology company Westport Innovations Inc., combining the power of Cummins and the technology leadership of Westport Innovations. CWI is responsible for advancing existing Cummins alternative fuel vehicle engine lines and for developing and marketing new alternative fuel engine products to be manufactured by Cummins. Cummins Westport develops and markets the world’s widest range of high-performance, low-emissions engines for transit and commercial vehicles designed for alternative fuels. The benefits of CWI’s proven technologies coupled with alternative fuels are: ultra-low emissions; excellent torque, high fuel efficiency and reliable, robust performance; economic savings from the use of locally available fuel; added driver and passenger comfort with reduced engine noise.

About Dynetek Industries Ltd of Calgary AB. 

Dynetek Industries has been developing, manufacturing and marketing advanced lightweight fuel storage systems for compressed hydrogen and compressed natural gas (CNG) for low-emission CNG vehicles since 1991 and develops the world’s leading alternative energy fuel storage cylinders and fuel storage systems. Dynetek’s core system technology is the lightweight, DyneCell® cylinder made from a seamless, thin wall aluminum liner covered with a full carbon fiber overwrap. Dynetek’s proprietary technology serves the industrial gas and energy sectors in the bulk transport and storage of compressed gases and powers automobiles, buses and trucks, providing customers with a substantial edge in the race to cut environmental and energy costs. Advantages of the DyneCell© design include high impact resistance as well as excellent resistance to heath exposure; there’s also fast fill capability and highest storage capacity.

For more information, please contact: 

On ATF Advanced Technologies & Fuels Canada Inc.
Rodney Semotiuk, President & CEO
ATF Advanced Technologies & Fuels Canada Inc.
Tel: (613) 231-4310
Email: info@atfcan.com

On Dynetek Industries Ltd.
Robb Thompson, President & CEO
Dynetek Industries Ltd.
Tel: 1-888-396-3835; (403) 720-0262
Email: invest@dynetek.com

On Cummins Westport Inc.
Guan Saw, President
Cummins Westport Inc.
Tel: (604) 718-8100
Email: info@cumminswestport.com

On Tata Motors
Debasis Ray
Head- Corporate Communications
Tata Motors
Tel: +91 92233 66824

Suresh Rangarajan
Vaishnavi Corporate Communications
Tel: +91 9821611560
Email: suresh@vccpl.com/rangs233@gmail.com

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