Cummins has announced the launch of Accelera by Cummins, a new brand for its “New Power” business unit. The company says Accelera provides a diverse portfolio of zero-emissions solutions and is a significant step forward in Cummins’ efforts to achieve its “Destination Zero” strategy, focused on evolving Cummins technologies to reach zero emissions across its product portfolio.
Cummins says its Destination Zero strategy is rooted in the understanding that multiple solutions are required to achieve industry-wide decarbonization across the diverse applications the company powers. Accelera will provide battery electric and fuel cell electric solutions across commercial and industrial applications with hundreds of electrolyzers generating hydrogen around the world today.
“Achieving our goal of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 requires leveraging our entire portfolio of businesses,” said Jennifer Rumsey, Cummins president and chief executive officer. “As we have continued to lead in and advance the engine-based solutions that power our customers’ businesses, we have also built the broadest combination of zero-emissions technologies dedicated to the commercial vehicle industry like battery electric and fuel cell electric powertrain solutions and electrolyzers for green hydrogen production. Establishing Accelera reinforces our commitment to leading in zero-emissions solutions and highlights our unmatched ability to leverage our deep understanding of our customers’ needs and applications, technical expertise and extensive service and support network to walk hand in hand with our customers throughout the energy transition.”
Accelera is advancing a range of zero-emissions solutions, including hydrogen fuel cells, batteries, e-axles, traction systems and electrolyzers, to sustainably power a variety of industries from commercial transportation to chemical production, Cummins says. Both a components supplier and integrator, Accelera is decarbonizing applications like buses, trucks, trains, construction equipment, stationary power and carbon intense industrial processes.
Amy Davis, who has led the New Power business unit since 2020, will serve as president of Accelera. Davis has served in a number of global and business leadership roles during her more than 25 years with Cummins.
Accelera announced the following zero-emissions projects:
- Accelera by Cummins will supply a 90-megawatt proton exchange membrane electrolyzer system for Varennes Carbon Recycling’s plant in Quebec, Canada. The project, which Cummins says will be the largest electrolyzer project Cummins has announced to date and a key step in advancing North America’s green hydrogen-based economy, will help turn non-recyclable waste into biofuels and circular chemicals.
- Accelera and Blue Bird aim to power a new fleet of 1,000 electric school buses across the United States over the next 12-18 months. Production of the electric school buses will be significantly accelerated, more than doubling the zero-emissions school buses that the pair have put into operation since the start of production. With 1,000 new electric school buses on the road, 10,600 metric tons of carbon emissions will be prevented annually, Cummins says.
Cummins says its technologies have reduced the company’s product emissions by more than 90% over the past 25 years, and Accelera will continue to advance the company’s path toward a zero-emissions future. The company highlighted recent zero-emissions projects that Accelera will continue to build on:
- Completing the acquisition of Meritor, Inc., and Siemens Commercial Vehicle business to advance electric powertrain solutions
- Increasing global electrolyzer manufacturing capacity with gigawatt-scalable plants in Fridley, Minnesota – its first in the United States – and in Spain (now under construction)
- Powering the world’s largest proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyzer in operation in the world in Bécancour, Canada
- Powering the world’s first hydrogen refueling station for ships, cars, trucks and industrial customers in Antwerp, Belgium
- Powering the world’s first megawatt-scale demonstration plant for storing wind energy in the natural gas grid in Windgas Falkenhagen, Germany
- Powering the world’s first fleets of hydrogen fuel cell passenger trains in Germany
- Deploying four hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered class 8 heavy-duty trucks with several marquis fleet customers in the United States
- Powering 52 fuel cell city buses in Lingang, Shanghai
- Powering refuse trucks with FAUN across Europe