Cummins Unveils First Fuel-Agnostic Internal Combustion Powertrain Solutions, Helping Fleets Decarbonize Today with Low-Carbon Fuels

Global energy leader Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) today announced it is expanding its industry-leading powertrain platforms, leveraging a range of fuel types low carbon. As the industry’s first unified, fuel-independent engines, these platforms will use core engine blocks and components that share common architectures and will be optimized for different low-carbon fuel types.

“Reaching zero is not a light switch event. The carbon emissions we release into the atmosphere today will have a lasting impact. This means that anything we can do to start reducing our carbon footprint today is a win for the planet. We must act now,” said Srikanth Padmanabhan, President of Cummins Engine Business. “Having a variety of low-carbon options is especially important given the variation in duty cycles and operating environments across the many markets we serve. There is no single solution or “silver bullet” that will work for all types of applications or all end users. »

Parts commonalities

These new fuel-independent engine platforms will feature a series of engine versions derived from a common base engine, meaning they have a high degree of parts commonality. Below the head gasket each engine will have largely similar components and above the head gasket will have different components for different fuel types. Each engine version will run on a different and unique fuel.

This new design approach will be applied to all of the company’s legendary B-series, L-series and X-series engine portfolios, which will be available for diesel, natural gas and hydrogen.

“It’s a new way to design and develop low-emission internal combustion powertrains that meet the unique needs of the transportation industry while leveraging the benefits of advanced product architecture and a common footprint wherever possible,” said Jonathon White, vice president of engineering, Engine Business. . “This unique technology approach will allow end users to more transparently choose the right powertrain for their application with the lowest impact on CO2 emissions.”

Parts commonality will provide increased benefits to truck OEMs and end users, including similar engine footprints, diagnostics and service intervals. This means that it will be easier for OEMs to fit a variety of fuel types on the same truck chassis and the costs for training technicians and re-equipping service sites will be minimal, resulting in a lower total cost of ownership for the end user.

Reliable and durable

These fuel-independent platforms are designed and built based on lessons learned from millions of diesel and natural gas engines manufactured and currently in use. Today’s digital and connected technologies enable Cummins to extract information specific to different engine operating cycles and leverage it to design reliable fuel-agnostic platforms.

“Our customers can be confident in Cummins’ unparalleled testing and evaluation process ensuring high performance products,” said White. “No matter what kind of work a fleet does, we’ll have an engine powered by low carbon fuels with diesel-like performance to get the job done.”

destination zero

These new products are an important part of Cummins’ strategy to go further, faster to reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) and air quality impacts of its products and achieve the goal of net zero emissions by 2050 in a way that serves all stakeholders in a sustainable way. for Cummins business. This commitment requires changes to Cummins products and the energy sources that power them.

Two of the company’s 2030 environmental sustainability goals include reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 25% over the absolute life of newly sold products and partnering with customers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Scope 3 GHG products in the field of 55 million metric tons.

“Cummins is innovating at all levels of the business to find new ways of working that use fewer global resources and the Engines business is at the center of this exciting innovation,” said Padmanabhan. “We know that our planet cannot wait for the perfect solution to happen. Instead, our approach must be a combined effort to use zero-emission energy where it is available and cleaner energy where it is not. The planet cannot afford for us to take a break while we wait.

About Cummins Inc.

Cummins Inc., a global energy leader, is a complementary business segments company that designs, manufactures, distributes and services a broad portfolio of energy solutions. The Company’s product line includes diesel, natural gas, electric and hybrid powertrains and powertrain-related components, including filtration, aftertreatment, turbochargers, fuel systems, control systems, air handling systems, automated transmissions, electric power generation systems, batteries, electrified power systems, hydrogen generation products and fuel cells. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana (USA), since its founding in 1919, Cummins has employed approximately 59,900 people committed to powering a more prosperous world through three global corporate responsibility priorities critical to healthy communities: education, the environment and equal opportunities. Cummins serves its customers online, through a network of independent and company-owned distributors, and through thousands of dealers worldwide and earned approximately $2.1 billion on sales of $24.0 billion in 2021. Find out how Cummins is fueling an always-on world by accessing press releases and more information about https://www.cummins.com/always-on.

Kevin A. Perras