Cummins Inc. has announced its plans to provide a range of power technologies spanning diesel and natural gas engines to fully electric and hybrid powertrains.
As reported, Cummins executives shared the information during a teleconference yesterday evening.
“Over the past 100 years, our ability to innovate and adapt has fueled our success, and we are confident we are on the right path to do it again at this critical juncture,” says Tom Linebarger, Cummins chairman and CEO. “We are prepared to provide a range of power technologies to our customers, from diesel and natural gas to fully electric and hybrid powertrains, to ensure they always have the best solution for their application.”
Earlier this year, Cummins enhanced its efforts to commercialize its electrification capabilities, bringing together Cummins knowledge and experience in the electrified powertrain space. In addition, the company is exploring potentially partnering with others to ensure development of technology in energy storage, power electronics, traction motor systems and component control for commercial applications.
Cummins says it will begin electrified powertrain delivery in 2019, including battery-electric and plug-in hybrids. These are just the first steps as the company signals its intention to be a top provider of electrified powertrains in commercial and industrial markets.
Alternative fuels and power solutions
Cummins currently delivers zero-emission natural gas engine systems that are a great fit for urban areas addressing air quality issues and requirements. Natural gas engine technology can have a very low carbon footprint and can even be considered carbon negative when paired with renewable natural gas.
Additionally, Cummins says it has invested in research and development projects to build capability to develop products utilizing a wide range of fuels. The company is developing high-efficiency gasoline technology that can deliver diesel-like performance and durability, meeting the most stringent emission requirements while maintaining competitive fuel economy.
Longer term, the company’s research and technology department continues to investigate the viability of alternatives, such as bio-fuels, synthetic fuels and hydrogen.
Cummins has also invested in exploratory projects focused on proton exchange membrane and solid oxide fuel cell technologies – both with increasing potential to offer superior power density over the traditional internal combustion engine.
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