COLUMBUS, Ind. — Cummins has secured federal funding to develop fuel-saving technologies for light- and heavy-duty vehicles.
The announcement was made at Cummins Columbus Technical Center, where the company was visited by high-level government officials including Energy Secretary Dr. Steven Chu.
Cummins will receive nearly US$54 million from the US Department of Energy, US$39 million of which will be spent on the heavy-duty project. The company will use the money to fund support systems level technology development, integration and demonstration for Class 8 trucks, the company claims.
Cummins will work with Peterbilt on its Class 8 project, to develop a highly efficient and clean-burning diesel engine, an advanced waste heat recovery system, an aerodynamic Peterbilt tractor-trailer combination and a fuel cell auxiliary power unit to reduce engine idling.
“Cummins has long enjoyed a collaborative partnership with the DOE. These R&D programs have helped us develop the best products for our customers and the environment,” said Cummins president and Chief Operating Officer Tom Linebarger.
The DOE is hopeful the funding will result in systems that will improve Class 8 vehicle freight efficiency by 50% through improved truck and engine systems.
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