In 2017, Cummins announced its commitment to invest in electrification across many applications, markets and regions. Two years after unveiling AEOS, a fully electric heavy-duty (class 7) concept truck, Cummins is supplying battery electric powertrains for transit buses, school buses, light commercial vehicles, such as pick-up and delivery vehicles, and medium-duty trucks. To date, the company has introduced complete electrified powertrain solutions in six markets across seven applications.
Cummins’ continued commitment to innovation and bringing the right technologies to the right markets at the right time is demonstrated with the unveiling of the new Integrated e-Drive system. The integrated electric drivetrain features a motor, transmission and inverter integrated into a single unit. The new traction system, currently in the development phase and expected to launch in the second half of 2022, will simplify the installation for OEMs, reduce weight and volume by 1/3 and improve efficiency by 10% compared to direct drive systems. The architecture allows for a scalable system that can be applied across a range of medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles.
Cummins hydrogen fuel cell technologies
Cummins began developing its fuel cell capabilities more than 20 years ago, and the recent acquisition of Hydrogenics accelerates Cummins’ ability to further innovate and scale hydrogen fuel cell technologies across a range of commercial markets, according to the OEM. Owning both fuel cell and hydrogen production technologies enables the company to offer a full, differentiated hydrogen solution from start to finish, seamlessly integrated for customers. In addition to acquiring Hydrogenics, Cummins also recently announced an investment in Loop Energy, a fuel cell electric range extender provider, and signed a memo of understanding with Hyundai Motor Company to collaborate on hydrogen fuel cell technology across commercial markets in North America.
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To showcase the latest hydrogen fuel cell technologies, Cummins displayed a Class 8, 6×4 day cab tractor with fuel cell and battery electric power at NACV. The zero-emissions technology demonstrator was designed and integrated by Cummins and is suitable for vocational applications, regional haul, urban delivery operations, port drayage and terminal container handling.
“Cummins is proud to have developed the technology that will power the future,” Merritt said. “From advanced diesel to battery electric and now unveiling our first hydrogen fuel cell powered truck, we’re committed to pioneering the right solutions that continue to serve our customers.”