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.

Jon Mills

Jon Mills

Jon Mills is the Director of External Communications at Cummins Inc. Jon brings more than 16 years of communications focusing primarily on public and media relations. Jon has served as the primary external communications contact and spokesperson for a variety of companies including Wellpoint, IU Health, Planned Parenthood. His career has also included stints on Capitol Hill, state level lobbying, talk radio and political campaigns. During his tenure, Jon has also played a leadership role in communicating and messaging around several crises, including one that attracted national attention when lives were lost at a large downtown Indianapolis hospital. Jon is a native Hoosier and resides with his family in Indianapolis.

Cummins Honored for Sustainable Practices

Cummins employees gather at one of the company's buildings in Columbus, Indiana (U.S.A.).
Cummins employees gather at one of the company's buildings in Columbus, Indiana (U.S.A.).

Cummins in the past month has received four more honors for its work in sustainability, ethics and diversity. Here’s a quick look:

*The company was named to Barron’s first-ever list of America’s 100 Most Sustainable Companies. Cummins finished 60th in the magazine’s ranking, just behind Macy’s and just ahead of Apple.

*Cummins received the highest ranking possible for its environmental and social performance from Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), a key source of information for institutional investors. This is the first time ISS has reviewed companies on an environmental and social basis.

*Cummins was named one of the world’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute, a leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices. This is the 11th consecutive year Cummins has made Ethisphere’s list.

*The company was named to Forbes Magazine’s first-ever list of the 250 Best Employers for Diversity in the United States. Cummins was 62nd on Forbes’ list.


The four announcements come just about a month after the company received three other honors for its environmental performance, its business practices and its management acumen.

Barron’s said its new list, which it plans to now do annually, comes as the investment world is increasingly defining success not just in terms of financial performance, but also whether an investment makes a positive contribution to society. Investments, it says, should do well and do good.

The magazine, through Calvert Research and Management, looked at 300 performance indicators in addition to financial performance, including everything from accounting practices and board structure to greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and labor relations.

ISS also looked at more than 300 indicators in its review based on publicly available data. The website expanded its examination as “extra-financial factors play a heightened role in investment decision-making.” The service said adding the environmental and social evaluation to its governance appraisal gives a more balanced view of the risk of investing in a particular company.

While Ethisphere’s focus is on governance and business ethics, it, too, has expanded its survey over the years to include environmental and social factors. Companies must complete a lengthy survey for inclusion on the institute’s Most Ethical Companies list.

Forbes, meanwhile, noted that one study after another has shown companies work better with diverse teams. It worked with the research firm Statista to survey 30,000 employees to develop its Best Employers for Diversity list.

While it’s nice to win awards, Cummins believes its sustainable practices ultimately deliver better results for its customers. The company wants to help customers achieve their own sustainability goals, so they succeed today and well into the future, too.
 

Jon Mills

Jon Mills

Jon Mills is the Director of External Communications at Cummins Inc. Jon brings more than 16 years of communications focusing primarily on public and media relations. Jon has served as the primary external communications contact and spokesperson for a variety of companies including Wellpoint, IU Health, Planned Parenthood. His career has also included stints on Capitol Hill, state level lobbying, talk radio and political campaigns. During his tenure, Jon has also played a leadership role in communicating and messaging around several crises, including one that attracted national attention when lives were lost at a large downtown Indianapolis hospital. Jon is a native Hoosier and resides with his family in Indianapolis.

Cummins Adopts Human Rights Policy

Cummins' new Human Rights policy applies to entities across the globe in which the company has “a controlling ownership interest or management responsibility.
Cummins' new Human Rights policy applies to entities across the globe in which the company has a "controlling ownership interest or management responsibility."

Cummins has adopted the company’s first Human Rights Policy, addressing human rights violations ranging from human trafficking to child labor, forced labor and indentured labor.

“All of these issues were already prohibited in our company and supplier codes of conduct,” said Mark Sifferlen, Vice President – Ethics and Compliance. “But matters like human trafficking are so important we wanted to be absolutely clear where Cummins stands.”

The policy was finalized in December 2017 after nearly a year long review and was posted on the company’s website in January. In adopting it, Cummins joins many of the most highly ranked companies for sustainability.

“Respect for human rights is fundamental to the sustainability of Cummins and the communities in which we operate,” the policy states. “In our company and with our partners, we are committed to ensuring that people are treated with dignity and respect.”

The policy specifically addresses:

• Human trafficking and exploitation.
• Forced labor, child labor, bonded labor, prison labor and military labor.
• Foreign and migrant worker rights.

The policy applies to Cummins entities across the globe in which the company has “a controlling ownership interest or management responsibility. This includes subsidiaries, joint ventures, affiliated companies and distributors.” If Cummins doesn’t have a controlling interest in a partner entity, it pledges to take steps to ensure the entity complies with all applicable human rights laws.

The company also commits to supply chain transparency, pledging to work with suppliers and partners in high risk locations to mitigate the risk of human trafficking and other human rights violations.

The new policy was guided by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Labor Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the United Nations Global Compact and the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

To see the policy, click here.

Cummins' new Human Rights Policy applies to office and manufacturing employees, alike.
Cummins' new Human Rights Policy applies to office and manufacturing employees, alike.

 

Jon Mills

Jon Mills

Jon Mills is the Director of External Communications at Cummins Inc. Jon brings more than 16 years of communications focusing primarily on public and media relations. Jon has served as the primary external communications contact and spokesperson for a variety of companies including Wellpoint, IU Health, Planned Parenthood. His career has also included stints on Capitol Hill, state level lobbying, talk radio and political campaigns. During his tenure, Jon has also played a leadership role in communicating and messaging around several crises, including one that attracted national attention when lives were lost at a large downtown Indianapolis hospital. Jon is a native Hoosier and resides with his family in Indianapolis.

Cummins gets high marks in rankings on the environment, just practices and management

An employee at Cummins’ Rocky Mount Engine Plant in Rocky Mount, N.C., carefully monitors energy use. One key aspect of Newsweek’s Green Ranking is energy management.
An employee at Cummins’ Rocky Mount Engine Plant in Rocky Mount, N.C., carefully monitors energy use. One key aspect of Newsweek’s Green Ranking is energy management.

Cummins received high marks in a trio of rankings released in December.

The company finished 25th in Newsweek’s 2017 Green Ranking of U.S. companies, 45th on the Forbes-JUST Capital list of the Just 100: America's Best Corporate Citizens, and 94th in the Wall Street Journal’s Management Top 250, all released separately.


The Newsweek ranking, released Dec. 7, assessed the environmental performance of the world’s largest publicly traded companies. Cummins was named “Best in Industry” in the “Machinery” category for U.S. companies.

The 2017 Green Ranking is built around six principles: Transparency, Objectivity, Public Availability of Data, Compatibility, Engagement and Stakeholder Input. The U.S. rankings assess the sustainability performance of the 500 largest publicly-traded companies headquartered in the U.S. by revenue as of Dec. 31, 2016.

“At Cummins, our mission calls for powering a more prosperous world,” said Brian Mormino, Executive Director of Worldwide Environmental Strategy and Compliance. “That requires a vibrant, healthy planet. Innovation for us means that we are environmentally responsible while dependably meeting the needs of our customers.”

The rankings looked at energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, water use, waste production and recycling, and other factors. Newsweek, a news magazine, produces the Green Ranking in partnership with Corporate Knights, a multi-faceted business known for its environmental and sustainability rankings, its research and its magazine, which it describes as the “magazine for clean capitalism.”

The top U.S. company in the ranking was Cisco Systems Inc. followed by Ecolab Inc. and Hasbro Inc.

The Just 100 list released Dec. 12, ranks the largest publicly-traded U.S. corporations in a number of areas deemed through polling as the most important to Americans.

Key issues in 2017 included employee wellbeing, customer treatment, environmental impact, job generation, transparency and more. This is the second year Forbes and JUST Capital have partnered to produce the list.

The top companies in the Just 100 are Intel, Texas Instruments and NVIDIA.

The Wall Street Journal’s inaugural Management Top 250, released Dec. 6, is a comprehensive guide examining how U.S. companies navigate complex business environments, "serving their workers, customers and shareholders."

It is based on rankings by the Drucker Institute, which looks at corporate performance in five areas: Customer Satisfaction, Employee Engagement and Development, Innovation, Social Responsibility, and Financial Strength.

The Drucker Institute analyzed “37 data inputs, provided by 12 third-party sources, to produce its landmark ranking.” Peter Drucker is an author, professor and longtime Wall Street Journal columnist.

Cummins received four out of five stars in Employee Engagement and Development, and Social Responsibility. The top ranking company in the survey was Amazon.com Inc., followed by Apple Inc. and Alphabet Inc.

In still another rating released earlier this fall, Cummins received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for the thirteenth straight year. The CEI, conducted in 2017, is a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

Cummins joined the ranks of 609 major U.S. businesses which also earned top marks this year.

 

 

 

Jon Mills

Jon Mills

Jon Mills is the Director of External Communications at Cummins Inc. Jon brings more than 16 years of communications focusing primarily on public and media relations. Jon has served as the primary external communications contact and spokesperson for a variety of companies including Wellpoint, IU Health, Planned Parenthood. His career has also included stints on Capitol Hill, state level lobbying, talk radio and political campaigns. During his tenure, Jon has also played a leadership role in communicating and messaging around several crises, including one that attracted national attention when lives were lost at a large downtown Indianapolis hospital. Jon is a native Hoosier and resides with his family in Indianapolis.

Cummins CEO supports NAFTA in interview with POLITICO

Caption: Cummins Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger says NAFTA means thousands of jobs for American workers at locations such as the company’s engine plant in Jamestown, New York.
Cummins Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger says NAFTA means thousands of jobs for American workers at locations such as the company’s engine plant in Jamestown, New York.

Cummins Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger said in an interview with POLITICO that the benefits to business of the tax cuts recently passed by the U.S. House and Senate could be offset by losses if President Trump pulls the country out of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

“I’m excited about the growth that could come from tax reform, and I think that withdrawing from NAFTA could have the exact opposite effect and essentially undo the benefits,” Linebarger, told POLITICO in an article appearing Wednesday (Dec. 6, 2017).

Linebarger, chairman of the Business Roundtable’s International Engagement Committee, strongly supports NAFTA, maintaining international trade means jobs for American workers.

Linebarger said the United States is a much less attractive place to invest if the country withdraws from NAFTA.

“Not only would terminating NAFTA worsen the position of the U.S., but it causes multinational companies like mine to figure what’s the best way to position yourself for a world without NAFTA, which might mean changing manufacturing locations,” Linebarger told POLITICO. “Mexico has 44 free trade agreements. The U.S. has free trade agreements with 20 countries. So the very best way to sell to everybody else is to be in Mexico.”

Jon Mills

Jon Mills

Jon Mills is the Director of External Communications at Cummins Inc. Jon brings more than 16 years of communications focusing primarily on public and media relations. Jon has served as the primary external communications contact and spokesperson for a variety of companies including Wellpoint, IU Health, Planned Parenthood. His career has also included stints on Capitol Hill, state level lobbying, talk radio and political campaigns. During his tenure, Jon has also played a leadership role in communicating and messaging around several crises, including one that attracted national attention when lives were lost at a large downtown Indianapolis hospital. Jon is a native Hoosier and resides with his family in Indianapolis.

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