Cummins-led Team to Develop Plug-in Hybrid that Reduces Fuel Use by 50 Percent

Cummins won a grant to build a commercial plug-in hybrid that reduces fuel consumption by 50 percent.

COLUMBUS, Ind., April 2016 - Cummins announced the company was awarded a $4.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a Class 6 commercial plug-in hybrid electric vehicle that can reduce fuel consumption by at least 50 percent over conventional Class 6 vehicles.

When fully loaded, Class 6 vehicles weigh between approximately 19,000 and 26,000 pounds and typical examples include school buses or single axle work trucks.

With their expertise in internal combustion engines and related products, Cummins researchers will optimize the powertrain by selecting the engine with the best architecture to use as an electric commercial vehicle range extender, using the engine to manage the charge level of the all-electric drive battery pack. The range extender will be integrated, using advanced vehicle controls, with the electrified powertrain and other applicable technologies.

We believe that through the team's efforts we can soon make these innovations commercially available...helping our customers and the environment. - Wayne Eckerle, VP, Cummins Research and Technology

Ultimately, the researchers aim to demonstrate improved fuel consumption and state of the art drivability and performance regardless of environmental conditions.

Cummins is partnering with PACCAR on the project, and the full team includes representatives from The Ohio State University, National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory.

"The close integration and control of the electrified powertrain with an appropriately selected engine is critically important to developing a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle system," said Wayne Eckerle, Vice President, Research and Technology, Cummins Inc. "We believe that through the team’s efforts we can soon make these innovations commercially available, which has the potential to translate into substantial savings annually per vehicle, helping our customers and the environment."

The reduction of fuel consumption will be met or exceeded during a wide-range of drive cycles designed to meet the needs of a wide variety of commercial fleet operators. The fuel reduction goals will be achieved through the use of an electrified vehicle powertrain, optimization of the internal combustion engine operation, and other technologies including intelligent transportation systems and electronic braking.

About Cummins Research and Technology

Cummins values investment in research and development of new technologies, partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy and other government agencies. Additionally, the company devoted at least $700 million to research and development expenses for a fourth consecutive year in 2015, reaching $718 million.

The company is continuing its research and development focus on both critical future technologies and improving current technologies to meet future emissions and customer requirements around the world. Cummins’ Research and Technology organization develops new technology six to 10 years, and sometimes longer, ahead of commercial production.

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Cummins CEO says company positioned for success at Annual Meeting

Cummins CEO Tom Linebarger addresses the company's Annual Meeting in Indianapolis.
Cummins CEO Tom Linebarger addresses the company's Annual Meeting in Indianapolis.

Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger pronounced 2017 a success and said Cummins is well positioned for the future at the company’s Annual Meeting today in Indianapolis, Indiana (U.S.A.).

“Looking ahead, we are confident that the investments we made in our people, our products and services in 2017 will ensure that the company continues to help our customers win in their markets and create long-term value for our shareholders,” Linebarger said at the meeting at the company’s Distribution Business headquarters.

“We were able to grow profitably and generate record operating cash flow while investing in new products and technologies, new partnerships and positioning for the future,” he added.

Linebarger said 2017 was the first year of broadly improving markets since 2012. Full year revenues were a record $20.4 billion – a 17 percent increase over 2016. Revenues increased 15 percent in North America and 19 percent internationally.

Cummins Indianapolis Distribution Headquarters
The 2018 Annual Meeting was held in Indianapolis at the Cummins Distribution Headquarters (pictured here). 

Excluding charges related to U.S. tax reform, Earnings Before Interest and Taxes for 2017 was 2.4 billion or 12.2 percent of sales compared to $2 billion or 11.4 percent of sales in 2016.

He said an improving focus on Cummins’ core business should prepare the company for future success, including:

*Strengthening the company’s market positions with the launch of innovative new products across markets and around the world.

*Improved customer support through the company’s Distribution Business, which is now organized to better serve customers.

*Reduced costs and improved productivity at every operation in the world.

*New processes and methods to improve product quality at launch and in the field.

This year’s Annual Meeting was held in Indianapolis because the Corporate Office Building in Columbus, Indiana, including the Board Room, was under renovation.
 

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Blair Claflin

Blair Claflin is the Director of Sustainability Communications for Cummins Inc. Blair joined the Company in 2008 as the Diversity Communications Director. Blair comes from a newspaper background. He worked previously for the Indianapolis Star (2002-2008) and for the Des Moines Register (1997-2002) prior to that. blair.claflin@cummins.com

Cummins TEC Program Launches in Brazil

Rogéria Varella Almeida, coordinator of FAETEC, the educational institution that supports Cummins TEC, addresses a ceremony to celebrate the start of the initiative.
Rogéria Varella Almeida, coordinator of FAETEC, the educational institution that supports Cummins TEC, addresses a ceremony to celebrate the start of the initiative.

Cummins’ global strategic community initiative, Cummins TEC: Technical Education for Communities, recently expanded into a new country with the inauguration of a TEC site in Brazil.

First launched in 2012, Cummins TEC targets the technical skills gap around the world through local vocational education programs. In Brazil, Cummins is partnering with French multinational energy management and automation company Schneider Electric to bring the program to the Foundation for the Support of Technical Schools (FAETEC), along with support from the state government.
 
“The TEC program was created from the need to raise the opportunities of low-income youth for the labor market, and also to fill the gap of skilled labor,” said Luis Pasquotto, president of Cummins Brazil, speaking at a ceremony April 20 to celebrate the initiative. “It is a program of global importance. We are proud to inaugurate it here in Brazil.”

TEC Classroom in Brazil
A Cummins TEC classroom is ready for the new initiative in Brazil.

Mary Titsworth Chandler, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility at Cummins and Chief Executive Officer of the Cummins Foundation, said the mission of corporate responsibility at the company is to “build prosperous communities.”

“Cummins TEC aims to help employers fill jobs that pay good wages by teaching students the technical skills needed to be successful in those jobs,” she said. “Cummins looks forward to working with our Cummins TEC partners in Brazil.”
 
Cummins TEC is built on a five-element framework that helps education partners deliver effective, market-relevant curriculum, teacher training, guidance counseling and the practical experience students need. It is the company’s first global strategic community initiative and today operates in 14 countries around the world at 22 sites.
 
“For us at Schneider Electric it is fundamental to contribute to initiatives like Cummins TEC, which is totally aligned with our company’s mission,” said Cleber Morais, president of Schneider Electric for Brazil. “Causes like these generate positive social impacts by preparing a growing number of youngsters to enter the labor market.”
 
Thirty students have been selected for the first class in Rio de Janeiro through a public examination conducted by FAETEC, whose Vice President Miguel Badeneso, also attended the ceremony. The TEC program will take three years.

blair claflin director of sustainability communications

Blair Claflin

Blair Claflin is the Director of Sustainability Communications for Cummins Inc. Blair joined the Company in 2008 as the Diversity Communications Director. Blair comes from a newspaper background. He worked previously for the Indianapolis Star (2002-2008) and for the Des Moines Register (1997-2002) prior to that. blair.claflin@cummins.com

Cummins puts Electrification Progress on Display

Cummins displayed an electric system for bus applications at the Busworld show in Izmir, Turkey.
Cummins displayed an electric system for bus applications at the Busworld show in Izmir, Turkey.

Cummins is moving quickly to develop the company’s new electrification business, displaying technologies it’s working on at trade shows this month in Paris and Izmir, Turkey.

The company’s Electrified Power business unveiled an electric system for city bus, shuttle and intercity bus applications at Busworld in Izmir, Turkey, last week (April 19-21). And the business is displaying its first electrified off-highway powertrain concept suitable for cranes, excavators and wheeled loaders at Intermat in Paris through Saturday (April 23-28).

Both could potentially deliver zero emissions technology to customers on a broad scale before the end of the decade or sooner.

“With our recent acquisitions of Brammo and Johnson Matthey Battery Systems (two battery companies), we are building capability across the entire range of electric storage,” said Julie Furber, Executive Director, Cummins Electrified Power. “We want to be as transparent as we can about where we’re headed so customers can see what’s coming and think about the Cummins technology that will work best for them.”

Cummins believes there is no single answer to the world’s power needs. Instead, the company wants to offer customers a range of technologies to help them succeed while addressing global needs such as reducing greenhouse gases.    

The displays at Busworld in Turkey and Intermat in France are merely the latest signs Cummins is determined to be the electrification leader in every market it serves. Less than a year ago the company unveiled AEOS, a fully electric, heavy-duty demonstration truck Cummins is using to study electrification. And it’s been less than six months since the company announced it was starting its Electrified Power business.

AEOS - Cummins heavy duty electric concept truck
Cummins' all-electric demonstration truck AEOS will help the company study electrification.

“We’re moving quickly, but we have a big advantage in that Cummins has been working on electrification for more than a decade,” Furber said. “We’ve manufactured hybrids like diesel-electric engines. We’ve brought to market engines using stop-start technology. So that gives us a significant head start compared to smaller companies without much experience scaling up a new product.”

Cummins has pledged to have an all-electric powertrain for the urban bus market by 2019, and off-highway applications will follow at a later date.


BUSWORLD IN TURKEY

The system that was on display at Busworld is configurable for either a full battery electric vehicle (BEV) or a range-extended electric vehicle (REEV), incorporating an engine-generator with a battery pack.

It uses a new Cummins 74-kWh battery pack with more space-efficient packaging, enabling easier bus integration with a format expandable to eight batteries. That would provide an operating range of up to 385 km (240 miles) on a single charge.
 
The Cummins designed and built batteries achieve a higher energy density and use a proprietary control technology to maintain battery charging for a longer range. Operational flexibility is provided with an integral plug-in connection for overnight or route-end charging, and options for on-route charging where the proper infrastructure exists.

“Our BEV and REEV electric architecture was designed to be fully adaptable for today’s diesel bus models,” said Cenk Yavuz, Cummins Territory Leader in Turkey. “This allows transport authorities to specify the same buses that work so well for them today with an electric system.”  

 

INTERMAT IN PARIS

Cummins is using virtual reality to demonstrate its first electrified off-highway powertrain concept at Intermat. Visitors will see how REEV would power a wheeled loader, used for excavating and carrying bulky material. The loader could be charged overnight, allowing two hours of operation per 35 kWh battery. More batteries would be required for longer zero emission operation.

REEV offers a balance of battery power with a compact engine-generator.  It has an F3.8 Stage V powered generator, giving much more flexibility where charging infrastructure is not available. Cummins’ BEV system is intended for the most environmentally challenged locations, suitable for applications such as drills, underground mine trucks and terminal tractors.

“Cummins is developing a portfolio of alternative power for the industrial market, including full electric and range extending electric drivelines,” Furber said. “These complement our Stage V clean diesels and enable us to offer the best solutions for our customers, whatever their needs.”

 

blair claflin director of sustainability communications

Blair Claflin

Blair Claflin is the Director of Sustainability Communications for Cummins Inc. Blair joined the Company in 2008 as the Diversity Communications Director. Blair comes from a newspaper background. He worked previously for the Indianapolis Star (2002-2008) and for the Des Moines Register (1997-2002) prior to that. blair.claflin@cummins.com

Cummins CEO Tells Environmental Group Good Stewardship Pays Off

Cummins Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger is being lauded by the Environmental Defense Fund for his leadership on sustainabilty issues.
Cummins Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger is being lauded by the Environmental Defense Fund for his leadership on sustainability matters.

A company that makes engines and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) might at first glance seem like an unusual pairing, but in an interview posted this week with Cummins Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger the two find plenty of common ground.

Speaking with the EDF’s Fred Krupp, Linebarger makes a strong case for how environmental stewardship is paying off for Cummins.

“We’ve been an innovator since the very beginning: on the diesel engine, natural gas engines and on emission controls,” Linebarger tells Krupp. “We see customer and environmental challenges as opportunities to demonstrate leadership and innovation.”

The interview appears in the EDF’s +BUSINESS blog on the organization’s website and on the ChangeTheWorld blog on Forbes.Com.

Calling Linebarger one of the most forward looking executives he has worked with on sustainability and community engagement, Krupp asks Linebarger why Cummins supports environmental regulations.

Linebarger at work in his Cummins' office
Linebarger maintains Cummins has benefited by investing to meet tough environmental standards.

“Regulations play an important role in protecting the environment and we’ve worked hard to make sure that we’re a positive contributor to that effort,” Linebarger says. “There’s also no question that Cummins has benefited because of environmental regulations. By investing to meet tough environmental standards, we were able to develop businesses associated with meeting emissions (standards).

“The regulations not only helped me as a citizen breathe cleaner air and drink cleaner water," Linebarger adds, "they also helped Cummins build a business that’s sustainable, profitable and growing globally.”

The full interview includes much more on Linebarger's perspective on environmental sustainability and concludes with a discussion on his favorite Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

blair claflin director of sustainability communications

Blair Claflin

Blair Claflin is the Director of Sustainability Communications for Cummins Inc. Blair joined the Company in 2008 as the Diversity Communications Director. Blair comes from a newspaper background. He worked previously for the Indianapolis Star (2002-2008) and for the Des Moines Register (1997-2002) prior to that. blair.claflin@cummins.com

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