ATLANTA, Ga. — Cummins is repositioning itself in the heavy-duty marketplace with a new name for it’s expanding portfolio of motive technologies. The newly minted Cummins Integrated Power is meant to reflect expertise in integrated technology and the company’s reach into different alternative fuel segments — including diesel, natural gas, hybrids, and battery-electric power.
“As a global, independent supplier, Cummins is uniquely positioned to work with a variety of partners and suppliers to provide the broadest portfolio of integrated power to our customers,” said Srikanth Padmanabhan, president of Cummins’ engine business. “Our expanding portfolio of diesel, natural gas, hybrid and electrified power is a testament to our dedication to delivering the right technology at the right time.”
The portfolio’s diesel engine offerings will feature the X12 and X15 engine platforms, both of which can be paired with the Eaton-Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies’ Endurant transmissions. Each of these integrated diesel powertrains harnesses the power of Cummins’ ADEPT suite of fuel-saving features, making powertrain control decisions in real time.
“The joint venture with Eaton has provided complete transparency between the two components, and we are working more closely together now, which brings additional efficiency to the powertrain,” said Teresa Voors, Cummins’ global powertrain sales and marketing director.
On the alternative fuel side, the natural gas power portfolio offers several engines through a joint venture with Westport (Cummins Westport), including the B6.7N, L9N, ISX12 G and the ultra-low-NOx ISX12N. Voors says production volumes for these engines have remained consistent even though natural gas is not talked about as widely as it once was.
“The natural gas engines do quite well for customers with certain sustainability goals,” she says. “It’s still an important product line, and we have the economies of scale to keep up a platform like natural gas, offering it across a broad range of OEM trucks.”
Rounding out the Cummins Integrated Power portfolio, for now, are hybrid and battery-electric vehicles. In 2017, Cummins unveiled the AEOS electric concept vehicle. And Voors says there are plans to launch a battery-electric transit bus powertrain in 2019.
“That’s the market that makes the most sense right now, so that’s where you will see us first,” she says.
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