Cummins commits to electrification and more

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Cummins is pledging to launch a fully electrified powertrain in 2019, and a range-extended electric powertrain in 2020. But senior executives stress that these rollouts will be for urban transit vehicles, and that electrified long-haul trucks are still years from reality. "We are not just a diesel engine company," proclaimed Chief Executive Officer Tom Linebarger, during a Wednesday conference call. "Technology is what we do. Innovation is what we do." An internal electrification business group is combining Cummins expertise with selected partners, as they collectively develop power storage, related electronics, and traction motors.

Cummins X15 Pt 1: An Overview

COLUMBUS, IN -- As engine platforms go, Cummins' ISX has to be considered slightly remarkable. It was introduced in 1998, although the program that brought the engine to life began in 1994. It survived the transition to EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) and then to SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) aftertreatment. Several other engines did not. And it's still very much alive and kicking today. We spent a day test driving a couple of production-intent versions of the 2017 X15 (as it's now known), and a current ISX15 for comparison.

Eaton, Cummins form automated transmission joint venture

COLUMBUS, IN - Eaton and Cummins are launching a joint venture to develop heavy-duty and medium-duty automated transmissions, the companies have announced. It will be known as Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies. Each company will own 50% of the joint venture that will design, assemble, sell and support future automated transmissions. Eaton receives US $600 million from Cummins in the deal. It is still subject to regulatory approvals.

WABCO opens disc brake, compressor facility

LOUISVILLE, KY - WABCO has opened the doors to a new US $20-million facility in South Carolina that will for the first time give it a place to build air disc brakes in the U.S. The 145,000-square-foot facility employs 230 people. The manufacturing facility is 60% larger than a previous Charleston location that made air compressors, and will continue that work by producing single- and twin-cylinder models under a joint venture with Cummins, first established in 1998. But it also has the capacity to produce about 200,000 air brake units per year, says Jon Morrison, president - Americas. In five years, he predicts the market for those products will be double what it is today, in part because of the rollout of active safety systems.

Nat-Gas Engine Unveiled as Some Wonder About Its Future

VANCOUVER, B.C -- Cummins Westport Inc. is broadening its offerings in natural gas engines for commercial vehicles as some are wondering what the future holds for this alternative fuel in the wake of lower diesel prices. The ISB6.7 G model is a 6.7 liter medium-duty, factory built, dedicated engine for medium duty truck and vocational applications as well as for school bus and shuttle bus applications. It's based on Cummins ISB6.7 diesel engine platform. This new model will operate exclusively on compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG), using Cummins Westport's proprietary spark-ignited, stoichiometric combustion with cooled exhaust gas recirculation (SEGR) technology, first introduced with the 8.9 liter ISL G model engine. The ISB6.7 G features three-way catalyst aftertreatment, which is packaged as a muffler and is maintenance-free. No diesel particulate filter or selective catalytic reduction after-treatment will be required, according to the company.