Cummins unveils next generation of power solutions

4 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineSeptember 1, 2017

At an event at its technical centre in Columbus, Indiana, Cummins Inc. unveiled its latest power solutions and energy-diverse products.

The company displayed the latest in near-zero natural gas engine technology, super-efficient diesel engines (the X12 and X15), and shared plans to introduce a revolutionary heavy-duty diesel engine in 2022. To round out the company‘s expert capabilities in powertrain design, Cummins also revealed a fully electric class 7 demonstration Urban Hauler Tractor.

The powerful X15 and lightweight X12 engines are engineered for optimal performance and power while offering class-leading fuel economy through the use of advanced air handling and fuel system controls. Both engines utilise the compact Single Module Aftertreatment, which offers longer maintenance intervals for the lowest cost of ownership. Cummins‘ work in diesel innovation doesn‘t end there – the next heavy-duty engine for 2022 affirms the company‘s commitment to providing the most effective power solution for Class 8 linehaul trucks.

With the unveiling of the Concept Class 7 Urban Hauler EV, Cummins introduced a state-of-the-art battery pack offering, redefining energy efficiency and density capabilities for the EV market. The lighter, denser battery design allows it to hold a longer charge for improved range and faster charging, reducing downtime. The concept truck design includes an Engine-Generator option for extended range capabilities, allowing users to benefit from Cummins B4.5 or B6.7 engines, providing a major advantage over today‘s hybrid systems. These engine options offer 50% fuel savings compared with today‘s diesel hybrids with zero emissions.

“These new technological innovations build on our 100-year legacy of bringing the best solutions to our customers, driving their success and meeting the evolving demands of their industries and markets,” said Jennifer Rumsey, chief technical officer, Cummins Inc.

“We will harness our global technical footprint to continue to develop a wide variety of power technologies to bring our customers the choice and solutions that enable their success and contribute to a sustainable future.”

During the event Cummins leaders and scientists showcased the company‘s continued innovation and work in analysis-led design capability, virtual reality, alternative fuels and digital capabilities, all of which are positioning the company to win in current and future technologies and in new markets.

“As a global power leader for the commercial and industrial customers we serve, with an unmatched service and support network, we are better positioned than any other company to win in new and emerging technologies and in new markets,” said Rich Freeland, Cummins president and chief operating officer.

Although believing diesel will remain the power source of choice for North American trucking for decades to come, Cummins has invested in research and development projects to develop products and technology solutions utilising a wide range of fuels. With the recent formation of the Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies, Cummins will provide market-leading innovation for integrated powertrain technologies.

Cummins has offered telematics systems in some markets for many years, but the potential for digital goes far beyond telematics systems and at a faster pace. Recognising this, in May Cummins formed a new internal organisation led by Sherry Aaholm, Cummins chief information officer, called the Digital Accelerator. This new organisation seeks to streamline innovation, bringing concepts from the idea stage to commercialisation faster.