|B Gas International engine|
Cummins Westport Inc. (CWI), through its parent Cummins Inc., and Dongfeng Cummins Engine Company Ltd. (DCEC) of China have signed a License Agreement enabling DCEC to manufacture CWI natural gas B-series engines in China.
CWI will provide the natural gas-specific technology for the 150- to 230-horsepower B Gas International (BGI) engine to be manufactured by DCEC at its manufacturing facilities located in Xiangfan, Hubei Province. Manufacturing is expected to begin in 2006.
CWI has a strong presence in China with its natural gas engines powering transit buses in cities such as Beijing, Xian, and Urumqi. The next logical step is to manufacture locally in China in order to access a broader customer base, and to continue to lower product cost.
Local manufacturing and assembly of our BGI product by DCEC is an important element of CWI’s growth strategy in China.—Guan Saw, President of Cummins Westport
DCEC was established in 1996 as a 50:50 joint venture between Cummins and Dongfeng Motors (DFM). Currently, Cummins has a License Agreement with DCEC to manufacture B and C diesel engines in China, and the company produced over 120,000 engines in 2004. DCEC will use its existing assembly line for the production of the CWI BGI engine.
Dongfeng Motors is an OEM that manufactures trucks and buses, and this agreement will enable it to add a natural gas engine to its product offering. Service support will be provided through both the DFM and Cummins distribution networks in China. CWI will also market the BGI to other OEMs in China, and investigate opportunities for export.
The 6-cylinder B Gas International is based on the components of the 5.9-liter B series Cummins diesel. CWI adds a lean-burn electronic ignition system with an ECM that adjusts for varying fuel composition. The engine is certified to Euro III standards.