Cummins promises to move with the times

Famous diesel engine manufacturer ready to evolve

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Pretty much everyone agrees that diesel engines are going to be with us for some time to come, in one form or another.

However, Cummins say they’re planning for a future that isn’t dominated by the tried and true technology.

Jennifer Rumsey, vice president and chief technical officer at Cummins, says the diesel engine manufacturer is investing $700 million (USD) each year into research into emerging technologies.

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“Energy diversity is the key to the future, and a one-size-fits-all approach is no longer viable,”

“At this point in time, we believe there is a place for a wide range of technologies from diesel and natural gas to electric.”

More than one in three heavy trucks built today features a Cummins diesel engine and the U.S. manufacturer expects long-haul trucks to rely on diesel for a long time to come.

But president of Cummins’ Engine Business, Srikanth Padmanabhan, says other technologies are sure to develop further over the next 15 to 20 years, especially electrification.

“Electrification makes sense in some areas, but not all,”

“We know from real data and real-life experience where it works, where it makes sense and why we should use it.”

One of the technologies that Cummins is working on is a high-efficiency spark-ignited engine.

They say this technology could deliver diesel-like performance and durability across a range of liquid fuels such as ethanol, methanol, and petrol, while meeting stringent emissions requirements.

Natural gas is also on Cummins agenda, though they say it’s better suited to trucks operating in cities where a shorter drive range is required.

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The recently revealed Cummins Near Zero natural gas engines offer similar power and torque to a conventional engine, but produce little to no emissions.

“These technologies will evolve in the coming years, and Cummins is capable and ready for this range of power technologies to meet our customers’ needs today and in the future.” said Mrs Rumsey.

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