5 Cool Things About Our Electric Powertrain Concept Truck

Julie Furber, Executive Director of Cummins' Electrification Business Development Initiative, speaks at the unveiling of the demonstrator truck.

CUMMINS UNVEILED A REVOLUTIONARY NEW ALL-ELECTRIC POWERTRAIN IN A DEMONSTRATOR TRUCK TO THE MEDIA TODAY (AUG. 29, 2017). HERE ARE FIVE COOL THINGS ABOUT WHAT THE VEHICLE MIGHT MEAN TO CUSTOMERS, THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE CONCEPT OF ELECTRIFICATION.

IT'S ALL ELECTRIC!

The demonstrator truck uses a 140 KWh battery pack instead of a 12-liter engine. The weight of the electric powertrain is roughly equal to that of the removed engine, aftertreatment, transmission and fuel tank. The tractor day cab when paired with a trailer has a gross vehicle weight rating limit of 75,000 pounds. The concept truck has a range of about 100 miles on a single charge for city driving that’s extendable to 300 miles with additional battery packs. The powertrain and truck will enable Cummins to learn more about the potential electrification holds for larger vehicles.

IT HAS PLENTY OF OTHER ENERGY-SAVING FEATURES

A regenerative braking system and the potential for solar panels on the trailer roof can send energy to the battery pack. Air drag is reduced by replacing side mirrors with an in-dash camera system. The truck achieves a significant air drag reduction via its highly streamlined design as well as a better sealed truck body and underbody – with no front radiator intrusion.

ITS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT 

Like Cummins’ diesel, natural gas and alternate fuel products, the concept powertrain and truck are designed to limit the vehicle’s impact on the environment. Electric cars and trucks produce zero emissions, which is important at a time when climate change is such a big concern. If the charging power is generated from 100 percent renewable sources, then the truck can be described as fully carbon neutral.

IT'S ALL ABOUT OPTIONS

Cummins wants to be the global leader in powertrains, offering customers a variety of power solutions to meet their particular needs. Diesel engines aren’t going away. The company expects diesel to be a popular option with customers for years to come. Cummins has and will continue to produce the cleanest diesel engines in the world, reaching near zero emissions levels.

IT HAS CUMMINS' SIZE AND EXPERIENCE BEHIND IT

Cummins has been meeting the power needs of its customers for nearly 100 years, whether by diesel, natural gas, electrification or something else. The company’s technical staff of 10,000 people around the world has the high tech tools to study everything from a variety of bio fuels to waste heat recovery and even solid oxide fuel cell technology to power the next generation of Cummins’ engines and related products.

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Machine of the Month: Cummins B4.5-Powered Chipper

Cummins B4.5 Chipper

Altitudes of over 11,000 feet, extreme temperatures, and remote and rugged work sites are a combination that would take many machines past their limit.

However, Rocky Mountain Tree Care’s B4.5 powered chipper has proven to be both reliable and powerful regardless of the job. According to owner, Don Wessels, “The Cummins B4.5 is so much better than what we’ve had in the past just by the fact that we know when we get to the job it’s going to start, it’s going to run, and it’s going to have intense power.” 

Cummins B4.5-powered chipperIn addition to reliable operation in extreme conditions, the B4.5 powered chipper has proven itself as a workhorse for Rocky Mountain Tree Care. “We can take it to a large job site and leave with virtually no debris that didn’t go through the chipper,” said Wessels.

For Rocky Mountain Tree Care, the Cummins B4.5 powered chipper has proven itself to be an asset both in the field and to the bottom line. According to Wessels, “In business it’s such a key element, we can’t afford to be down. Our reputation is on the line, other people’s reputations are on the line. We should perform.  When you deal with equipment there are so many variables, you should know in the back of your mind that when something goes wrong you can depend on the person behind the equipment that you’re running, and that’s been our experience with Cummins.” 

See the why the B4.5 powered chipper is a crew favorite at Rocky Mountain Tree Care in the video below. 

 

 

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Cummins is a global power leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology. Cummins serves its customers through its network of 600 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 7,200 dealer locations in over 190 countries and territories.

Cummins X12 wins the 2019 Jim Winsor Memorial Technical Achievement Award

During the Technology & Maintenance Council’s (TMC) annual meeting in Atlanta, GA, Cummins was presented with the Jim Winsor Memorial Technical Achievement Award for its new X12 diesel engine. Krista Toenjes – General Manager of Field Sales & Support in North America – accepted the award on Cummins’ behalf.

Cummins receives Jim Winsor Memorial Technical Achievement Award for the X12.
Jeff Harris, TMC General Chairman and Treasurer, Krista Toenjes, Cummins GM of Field Sales & Support in North America and Jim Park, Awards Committee Chairman as Cummins is presented with the Jim Winsor Memorial Technical Achievement Award for its new X12 diesel engine.

Because it’s lightweight without compromising on power, the X12 was specially selected by a panel of truck journalists for this achievement in innovation, setting it apart from all other products. The X12 is ideal for customers in vocational and regional haul markets whose jobs depend on a truck’s ability to handle heavy loads. The lighter the engine, the more payload trucks can carry. And at just 2,050 lbs. – up to 600 lbs. lighter than its predecessor at Cummins and hundreds of pounds lighter than its next closest competitor – that’s a lot of payload. 

Customers of the X12 will see even more value when they pair the engine with the Endurant from the Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies joint venture, offering exclusive powertrain features for enhanced performance, efficiency and driver confidence. Together, the X12 + Endurant is the lightest, most efficient and durable powertrain available for even the most severe duty cycles.  

Learn more about the Cummins X12.

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Machine of the Month: Cummins B4.5 Performance Series-Powered Roller

Cummins Machine of the Month - January 2019

When you’re in the business of building roads, you need equipment that is reliable and capable. Meeting Department of Transportation deadlines is crucial to the project success. 

Durability, reliability and power are key deliverables for equipment used on jobsites where the ability to meet a deadline is critical. To keep their construction projects on schedule, central-Florida’s (USA) Southland construction relies on their Cummins B4.5 Performance Series powered roller to complete tasks that are critical to high-quality construction projects.

Related: Cummins Off-Highway Engines Let You Do More With Less

Weighing in at over 23,500 pounds, the roller uses vibration to compact lime rock before asphalt is applied as the road surface. Frequently, the roller must power up grades while continuing to compact the lime rock. This ability to navigate grades while continuing to compact sets it apart from other rollers in the Southland fleet. According to roller operator, Bob Hagood “it’s a strong running motor, it doesn’t bog down going up hills.”

Originally built in 1991, and originally powered by a QSB3.9, the roller was selected in 2017 to participate in field tests for the Cummins B4.5 Performance Series. Since installation in January 2018 the B4.5 has logged over 600 hours in the toughest conditions that central-Florida offers.

View the Cummins B4.5 Performance Series powered roller in action and hear what the operator has to say, and learn how Cummins off-highway engines let you do More With Less in a world that's Always On. 

This is the first in a series of articles highlighting Cummins' "Machine of the Month." Each month, visit Cummins.com for a new article highlighting a unique Cummins-powered vehicle, and learn how Cummins is Powering a World That's Always On

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Cummins is a global power leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology. Cummins serves its customers through its network of 600 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 7,200 dealer locations in over 190 countries and territories.

Cummins Powers Full Apache Sprayer Range

In 1997, when Equipment Technologies was founded, their mission was to design a tough, reliable, simple sprayer for its customers.

Starting from scratch, Equipment Technologies held hundreds of conversations with growers to understand what they were looking for. The solution was a mechanical drive sprayer that’s simple to run and maintain, is efficient and light but ultimately, tough enough to get the job done. Add in a tractor feel, with a comfortable ride and you have the Apache Sprayer range.

“Our customers work hard for their money. And when they buy equipment, they expect to get the most for their time and energy. We respect that and that’s why Cummins is the engine provider across our full range of sprayers. Performance, reliability and fuel efficiency are top priority – and Cummins engines deliver on all those promises.” explains Matt Hays, chief executive officer of Equipment Technologies, the Apache manufacturer.

The AS640, the latest Apache sprayer is compact and agile. It’s Cummins QSB4.5 Tier 4 Final engine delivers 163 horsepower and 466 pound-feet of torque. Weighing in at just under 17,000 pounds, this model provides increased fuel economy and reduced soil compaction.  It is designed to be used by smaller farms as an affordable self-propelled option or by large scale farms that need an efficient way to spray areas a larger tractor can’t reach.

For larger capacity requirements, there is the 40 Series sprayer range powered by the Cummins 6.7-liter. This lineup comprises the AS740, rated at 173 horsepower (129 kW); the AS1040, rated at 225 horsepower (168 kW); the AS1240, rated at 260 horsepower (194 kW); and the AS1240 XP, rated at 300 horsepower (224 kW). 

With more horsepower and less fuel consumption, the Cummins Tier 4 Final engine is one of the most popular and versatile engines ever built by Cummins. A high-pressure common-rail (HPCR) fuel system, cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR), diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) and selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system delivers ultra-low-emissions and 5-20% better fuel efficiency than the Apache 20 Series.

“Cummins is always looking for ways to help our customers succeed,” explains Jason Beckort, Industrial Sales Manager at Cummins.

“Our aim is to ensure Apache customers have the Tier 4 Final engine power, efficiency and reliability they need to make their businesses successful. From the beginning, Cummins application engineers and machine integration specialists have worked closely with the Equipment Technologies team to deliver optimum engine installations for the full range of sprayers.” concludes Beckort.  
 
 

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