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Cummins Electrifies with Vision of Future at NACV

At the inaugural North American Commercial Vehicle (NACV) show in Atlanta in September, Cummins revealed its vision of the future. The company displayed super-efficient clean diesel engines, the latest in ultra-low emission natural gas engine technology, innovative telematics solutions plus new powertrain developments with joint venture partner Eaton®.

The powerful X15™ and lightweight X12™ engines are engineered for optimal performance and power, while also offering class-leading fuel economy through the use of advanced air handling and fuel system controls. Both engines utilize the compact Single Module™ aftertreatment system, which offers longer maintenance intervals for the lowest cost of ownership.

The company also highlighted its latest ultra-low emission natural gas engines during the event. End-users will find the Cummins Westport natural gas engines are an equivalent performance option to diesel and, like the latest clean-diesel engines from Cummins, have little to no emissions for customers looking to minimize their emissions footprint – 90 percent lower NOx output than today’s current standards. Working toward a Class 8 integration, these engines offer adaptability with Agility® Fuel Solutions’ Blue-iQ fuel delivery technology for full connectivity.

The company also discussed that they are currently utilizing its technical expertise and digital platforms in conjunction with OEMs and other partners to create successful autonomous vehicles, building on the strength of ADEPT™ and other Cummins technological advances.

But the vehicle generating the greatest interest at the show was Cummins fully-electric Class 7 demonstration Urban Hauler Tractor, AEOS. AEOS innovations include a lighter, denser battery design that holds a longer charge and allows faster charging, which provides increased range and decreased downtime. In fact, AEOS is capable of running up to 100 miles on a single charge, with a three-battery pack available that extends the range to 300 miles. Currently, the charge time using a 140 kWh charging station is approximately 1 hour, and will be as little as 20 minutes by 2020. Acceleration is anticipated to be 25 to 35 percent better than current 11- to 12-liter vehicles. Additionally, energy usage in the demonstration vehicle is equivalent to 30 mpg diesel fuel economy.

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 and providing a major advantage over today’s hybrid systems. These engine options offer 50 percent fuel savings compared to today’s diesel hybrids with zero emissions.

Executives at the show also revealed that Cummins is investing in exploratory projects focused on Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) and Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) technologies, along with alternatives like bio-fuels, synthetic fuels and hydrogen. These investments reaffirm Cummins commitment to innovation as they continue to advance their position as the industry’s technology leader for the next 100 years.

The takeaway from all of this? Cummins has the right power solution for your customers’ every need – now and for decades to come. For additional details about Cummins vision for the future, visit cumminsengines.com.

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