5 questions about electric buses answered

5 questions about electric buses answered

Zero-emission transportation? Now that’s electrifying! Battery electric buses are gaining speed as a new norm for transportation that is environmentally friendly. But how exactly do they work? We’re answering the top five frequently asked questions surrounding electric buses.

1. What is an electric bus?

A battery electric bus is an electric vehicle that replaces the traditional combustion engine and transmission with an electric motor and a battery. In an electric bus, there is no longer an engine, nor fuel tank. Instead, the electric motor on the bus serves as the engine and transmission, while the battery is essentially the “fuel tank.”  

Electric buses work by sending a signal to the powertrain system controller upon start. That signal powers up the high-voltage battery, where chemical energy is stored, and converts it into electrical energy. This electrical energy is then distributed throughout all the different components that make the bus run, such as the electric motor and thermal management system.

Bluebird battery electric school bus equipped with a Cummins battery system
Bluebird battery electric school bus equipped with a Cummins battery system
Gillig battery electric transit bus equipped with a Cummins battery system
Gillig battery electric transit bus equipped with a Cummins battery system

2. What is the range of an electric bus?

The range of an electric bus is the distance a bus can cover before running out of charge. How long this range is depends on a variety of factors, including battery size and duty cycles.

Battery size correlates to how big of a "fuel tank" an electric vehicle has. Bigger batteries can store more energy, which in turn can fuel longer distances. For example, transit buses typically require bigger batteries than school buses because they need to run for longer periods of time and need more fuel to do so.

The second factor that significantly affects the range of an electric bus is the duty cycle. Duty cycles describe how the vehicle is used and helps determine performance and battery life.

A battery electric bus route mapped out
A battery electric bus route mapped out

Consider the following analogy to understand duty cycles:

  • You live on the third floor of an apartment building and like to take the stairs. The energy required to ascend these flights of stairs isn't too strenuous, and you'd be operating at a “light-duty” cycle. 
  • Suppose you have to carry a 50 lb. weight with you up the three flights of stairs. In that case, you are working harder and would be operating at a “medium-duty” cycle. 
  • Now, you have decided to carry a piano up the three flights of stairs. You are using maximum energy and would be operating a “heavy-duty” cycle. 

For buses, factors that affect how demanding a duty cycle is include road conditions, driving conditions, vehicle speed, number of stops/starts, elevation changes, how quickly you accelerate, weight transported, weather and more. A lighter duty cycle will use less energy than a heavier duty cycle. Therefore, with light-duty cycles, electric buses can achieve a greater range.

3. How do electric buses charge?

There are a few ways that electric vehicle fleets can charge. Which is best for a particular fleet depends on the duty cycle and battery size of its buses. 

Today, the two main types of chargers for an electric bus are:

  1. Plug-in chargers
  2. Pantograph chargers

Plug-in chargers for buses work very similarly to those used for electric cars. Electric buses have ports that a driver can plug into. With this method, charging can take anywhere from two to eight hours, based on the charger's current (which we’ll explain momentarily).

A plug-in charger for an electric school bus
A plug-in charger for an electric school bus

A new, more autonomous charger is the pantograph charger. With this charger, buses drive underneath a charging station, and robotic arms attach themselves to the electrical conductors on top of the vehicle to charge it. This charger is designed to carry more current and allows for faster charging.
In addition to being either plug-in or pantograph, a charger is also characterized by how it converts electric currents, classified as either a direct current (DC) charger or an alternating current (AC) charger. All batteries need DC power to function, and both types of chargers convert AC power to DC power. DC chargers are faster but come at a higher cost. AC chargers are slower but are very affordable.
While plug-in chargers can be AC or DC chargers, pantograph chargers are only DC. DC plug-in chargers can charge a battery up to 150 KW, while pantograph chargers can charge up to 350 KW. 
No matter what your charging choice, Cummins has worked hard to make our battery systems compatible with all of the leading chargers available in today's market.

A bus driver operating a Blue Bird electric school bus
A bus driver operating a Blue Bird electric school bus

4. Why are battery electric buses becoming more popular?

Sustainability is a main driver in electric buses becoming more common. As governments implement more intense emissions regulations and corporations advance their sustainability goals, electric buses are seen as the suitable zero-emissions solution that can help cities and communities meet their environmental objectives, without compromising their transportation infrastructure.

Electric buses also have instant torque that improves drivability/performance. Drivers are able to accelerate more responsively, making buses with electrified systems more desirable.

Electric buses also offer improved driver comfort. This is because electric motors are much quieter and allow smooth handling. This improved driving experience reduces driver fatigue.

5. Are electric buses cheaper?

While the initial cost of purchasing an electric bus isn’t cheaper than internal combustion engine (ICE) buses, they are becoming more affordable. There are a number of incentive programs in place that buyers can take advantage of that make electric buses the same cost to the city or district as a conventional bus. 

Cost savings occurs in the operation of electric bus fleets over time. They have lower maintenance costs and fuel costs, as they don’t require diesel fuel. Electric buses also run more efficiently with regenerative braking, which simultaneously lowers the wear on the braking system and captures the kinetic energy to feed back into the battery to extend the range of the bus. With traditional braking, the kinetic energy was once “wasted” through the service brakes and transferred into heat, meaning regenerative braking is more efficient.

A technician working on the undercarriage of a Blue Bird electric school bus
A technician working on the undercarriage of a Blue Bird electric school bus

Across the U.S., communities are looking to make their fleets more sustainable and have already begun adding both electrified school and transit buses to their fleets. Cummins alone has already assisted in delivering over 400 buses across the country, each equipped with the Cummins Battery Electric System. This system is built to be zero-emission when in use, reduce service and create savings, all while maintaining vehicle performance.

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Frequently asked questions about diesel engines

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The topic of advanced diesel engines can quickly become overwhelmingly technical and turn a simple question into a deep-dive analysis. Our team at Cummins wants to make this and surrounding topics as digestible as possible, which is why we have put together this page of common questions we have run into surrounding advanced diesel engines. 

What is a diesel engine's lifespan?

Diesel engines are robust machines that have longer lifespans than you might expect. The lifespan of an average diesel engine is anywhere from 400,000 miles to 1,000,000 miles, while the average lifespan of a gas engine is around 200,000 miles. Why is that? Diesel engines are designed differently from petrol engines, meaning they have more room within the engine for more oil to move freely. This allows the components of the engine to run longer at optimal levels. Other key factors in the durability of diesel engines are their overall design, and their application uses compared to other engines.

How to diagnose diesel engine problems?

Diesel engine problems can significantly impact longevity. There are common diesel engine complications that you may run into during regular operation. The most accurate method of diagnosing engine trouble is to contact the engine manufacturer to get their insight on solutions. Beyond that, here are a few common diesel engine problems. 

  • Black Smoke: A common feature of the old locomotive engines, black smoke is a clear sign of a serious problem with your diesel engine. There are several causes for black smoke, like a faulty injector pump, a bad EGR valve, or something as simple as low operating temperatures. Cleaning out the air system is an excellent first step to combat this, but ultimately you should consult with a specialist.
  • Hard Starts: Colder conditions can commonly lead to hard starts for diesel engines. The weather is only a catalyst that leads to the issue of hard starting the engine. A hard start or no start can be caused by faulty glow plugs, defective battery, or a problem with the fuel system, to name a few. 
  • Contaminated Fuel: Due to its higher viscosity, diesel fuel has a higher chance of becoming contaminated. Water, soot, and other debris are common fuel contaminants. Refueling is a simple fix, but if you cannot catch this problem early enough, you will need to bring the engine to a professional to be fixed. 

These diesel engine problems and solutions are difficult to manage on your own. Any time you can identify a serious issue with the engine, it is advised to take it to a specialist or contact the manufacturer. Engines can be fixed, but only correctly by professionals. For industry trusted professional, consider taking all your diesel engine troubles to Cummins. Our engines and service are best in class.

How often should a diesel engine be serviced?

Depending on the performance of the engine, how often it needs to be serviced will vary. A safe practice would be to have a diesel engine serviced every six months. At the very least, it should be looked at once a year to make sure everything is in working order. This is not a concrete rule, as the type of diesel engine and what it is used for will have a significant impact on how often it will need to be serviced. Cummins’ service manual is a great resource that provides maintenance schedules based on product type.

One other key aspect for servicing a diesel engine is variation. For example, a long-haul truck that works for several hundred miles a day would have a different service/maintenance need than the personal car with diesel engine that would only need to be serviced once every six months.

Another example of this variation would be for mining trucks. They haul amazon loads, almost all day long, for weeks and months in very dirty environments, so their maintenance/service needs would be again very different than that of a long-haul truck or an everyday commercial car. 

Who makes the most diesel engines in the world?

We can give you a hint, you’re reading one of their blogs right now. Our very own talented team at Cummins is one of the world’s leading manufactures of diesel engines. In 2018, Cummins supplied the most Class 8 diesel engines. There were 309,701 diesel engines used in Class 8 trucks that year, and Cummins was responsible for 38.3% of them. 

What are the types of diesel engines?

Diesel engine types are most commonly designated by size. There are three types: small, medium, and large diesel engines. 

  • Small: Small diesel engines are classified as outputting at most, 288 horsepower. These are also either direct injection, in-line, four- or six-cylinder engines. Due to their relative size and power, they are most commonly found on smaller trucks or automobiles. Of the three types, this is the most common diesel engine produced. 
  • Medium: Medium diesel engines are a step up from small ones. They can produce up to 1,000 horsepower. Some V-8 and V-12 engines belong to this group. This engine type is commonly used in heavy-duty trucks. 
  • Large: At this level, we are discussing serious power. Large diesel engines are used to power trains, ships, and other large vehicles or equipment. They operate at an excess of 1,000 horsepower. 

Are modern diesel engines clean?

While diesel engines are known to pollute by emitting fumes and soot during use, they are cleaner than you may think. A positive by-product of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations is that diesel engines are cleaner than they have ever been. Due to healthier and more efficient engines being manufactured, they could last 30 years or more. While no internal combustion engine (ICE) is operating 100% clean, the concept of clean diesel has been in the works at companies like Cummins for some time. Biodiesel is just one way in which we strive to create cleaner alternatives. Cummins, in common with all other engine manufacturers, only certifies engines to meet the prescribed EPA (or other local regulatory agency) registered fuels.

What are the disadvantages of diesel engines?

Before we detail some of the disadvantages of using diesel engines, we feel that it is important to clarify some of the benefits first. The two most glaring advantages they provide are diesel engines are more durable and reliable than petrol engines. They do not require spark plugs to ignite fuel. Diesel engines also have better fuel economy than petrol engines. With that being said, diesel engines are used in vehicles, machines, and other projects where petrol engines simply would not be able to perform the tasks.

A major glaring disadvantage of using diesel engines that most people associate with them is its environmental impact. The EPA comments that “ Emissions from diesel engines contribute to the production of ground-level ozone which damages crops, trees and other vegetation.  Also produced is acid rain, which affects soil, lakes and streams and enters the human food chain via water, produce, meat and fish.” This is why Cummins is constantly at work with new initiatives to create a cleaner future for diesel engines. 

While diesel engines are the preferred option under specific circumstances, there are still some drawbacks to using them. For one, diesel engines, on average, cost more to fuel than petrol engines. Above, we mentioned how these engines could last for more than 30 years. That means these engines will be working longer and harder than its counterparts, which will then result in costly services to keep them in good working condition. 

The advantages and disadvantages of petrol and diesel will more or less come down to the needs of the individual or organization's practical use. For large-scale operations, having large diesel engines at your disposal is necessary in most cases. In either case, working with a manufacturer like Cummins will ensure that you receive the best engine for your needs. 

Do diesel engines run on renewable diesel?

An easier way to answer this question would be to frame it as "can diesel engines run on renewable diesel?" In that case, yes. Renewable diesel is suitable for use in diesel engines. We announced compatibility with select renewable diesel fuels for our B6.7 and L9 engines. This type of fuel is an excellent move in the right direction to combat the disadvantages associated with using diesel. 

Cummins: Bringing Diesel to New Frontiers

We are always looking for ways to get the most out of products. We know that there are many options for diesel engines, but no other manufacturer is trusted more than our team at Cummins. 

Contact us today to find out all that we can provide you.

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Cummins, a global power technology leader, is a corporation of complementary business segments that design, manufacture, distribute and service a broad portfolio of power solutions. The company’s products range from internal combustion, electric and hybrid integrated power solutions and components including filtration, aftertreatment, turbochargers, fuel systems, controls systems, air handling systems, automated transmissions, electric power generation systems, microgrid controls, batteries, electrolyzers and fuel cell products.

Safety considerations around natural gas engines and vehicles

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When switching to natural gas engines, there are many different aspects to consider. Safety is an absolute priority for engine and vehicle manufacturers, distribution and transportation companies, and end-users. 

Natural gas engines are a safe technology

Natural gas engines and diesel engines have relatively similar architectures. The decades of knowledge Cummins Inc has accumulated designing internal combustion engines helps engineer safe, reliable natural gas engines. Thus, many common safety considerations are well-known and have well-documented solutions, such as the avoidance of pre-ignition events in the cylinder.

In some respects, natural gas is safer than liquid fuels. If a leak occurs inside the engine compartment, natural gas tends to dissipate at a faster rate while liquid fuels may coat engine parts or form puddles. Leaked diesel or gasoline can lead to fires, whereas natural gas is either already gone or present in concentrations so low it’s not conductive to ignition. In addition to natural gas, there are other alternative comparable fuels that have grown in popularity.

Natural Gas Vehicles keep drivers safe

Compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles store their fuel in sturdy gas cylinders under high pressures. High storage pressures enable storage of more fuel in the same cylinder, extending the range of the vehicle. These cylinders are critical for the safety of the vehicle and are subject to stringent design standards and safety margins. Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) cylinders are typically rated to store gas at up to 3,600 psi. They are also required to feature pressure relief valves, which release some gas to reduce pressure when abnormal conditions occur. Other critical safety components include a pressure regulator and a shut off valve. A pressure regulator monitors the pressure of the natural gas reaching the engine. The main shut off valve allows isolation of the fuel system from the engine. These components are thoroughly verified and tested to ensure the safety of the vehicles incorporating them. Cummins has formed a new joint venture called Cummins Clean Fuel Technologies to provide natural gas storage tanks.

Natural gas is lighter than air and can dissipate into the atmosphere. To avoid severe damage in the tanks, most fuel delivery systems are designed robustly in case vehicle accidents take place. CNG tanks must pass acid exposure and drop tests in horizontal, vertical and 45-degree angles. They also must pass a penetration test that requires them to be shot with a rifle without resulting tank ruptures. Finally, all CNG cylinders must be tested and certified to a continuous operating temperature range of -40⁰F to 185⁰F.

It is important for natural gas fuel systems to be leak-free. Periodic inspections and maintenance are essential to avoid leakage. The gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) determines tanks’ maintenance intervals. If the number is greater than 10,000 lbs., inspection takes place at least every 12 months. Then, if GVWR is lesser or equal to 10,000 lbs., the inspection interval is three years (36 months) or every 36,000 miles. CNG cylinders have a limited useful life of 15 to 20 years and do not requalify for use beyond their useful life. 

These are some of the many best practices listed in safety standards such as the National Fire Protection Association 52 standard. Tank manufacturers also provide instructions to prevent cylinder damage. Some of these instructions include not dragging or walking on the cylinders and protecting the valves, fittings, and piping when transporting them.

Top 5 Safety Design Elements for CNG Maintenance Facilities

CNG is mostly methane (CH4) with slight amounts of other hydrocarbons. Its lighter than air, so in the event of a release, it will rise to the ceiling of the maintenance facility and quickly dissipate rather than pooling at or near floor level like liquid fuel vapors. If concentrations of 5% - 15% by volume of natural gas encounter an ignition source, the gas may ignite, with potentially serious results. However, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, due to natural gas’s ability to rapidly dissipate, this concentration is rarely seen in practice. That said, to prevent potential safety hazards, facilities that service natural gas vehicles require specific safety measures.

1.    Ventilation must provide sufficient air flow to reduce the concentration of any released gas and at the same time evacuate gas from the structure.
2.    Paths of migration must be controlled to prevent any released gas from entering unprotected areas of the structure.
3.    Space heating must be designed in accordance with guidelines so that open flames or hot surfaces don’t provide an ignition source.
4.    Electrical wiring and equipment must be installed in such a way that they don’t provide ignition due to sparking. The equipment itself can be designed to be “explosion         proof.”
5.    Methane detection and control systems and alarms must provide defense against dangerous concentrations of natural gas by alerting personnel in the building and             disabling potential electrical ignition sources.  

Local Clean Cities coordinators are an excellent resource for fleets and facility maintenance managers with questions about safety measures, or who need help accessing their facilities. Visit cleancities.energy.gov to find a local Clean Cities coordinator.

Ultimately, using natural gas in the transport industry can be a safe fuel. This is an addition to the many advantages of using natural gas engines. Therefore, natural gas vehicles are clean, safe and reliable thanks to the use of best practices and the incorporation of smart safety features.

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Puneet Singh Jhawar

Puneet Singh Jhawar is the General Manager of the global natural gas business for Cummins Inc. In this role, he is responsible for the product vision, financial management and overall performance of the natural gas business. Over his 14-year career at Cummins, Jhawar has cultivated successful relationships with a number of Cummins’ largest customers. Jhawar has extensive global experience, with roles based in the Middle East, India, Europe and the US.

Inside Cummins’ Newest Natural Gas Generators - QSJ8.9G C175N6B & C200N6B – A chat with the Senior Manufacturing Engineer


As part of Cummins’ efforts to introduce its customers and Cummins Inc. employees to the two new natural gas generators, the C175N6B and C200N6B, Cummins is pleased to share this interview with Akshay Suresh, the Senior Manufacturing Engineer at the Cummins plant in Fridley, Minnesota (U.S.).
Learn more about these products here.   

1.     What has been your favorite part about working on C175N6B and C200N6B? 

I’m really excited about the new segments and the business we would be reaching with these two new generator sets. Our previous product offering leveraged a much larger engine that resulted in a larger product, and there are multiple benefits to expanding our product offerings. We are dedicated to meeting our customers' needs with our products made in Fridley including these two new gas generator sets. On top of serving our customers, we aim to serve our communities through our work as well. We are looking forward to creating more job opportunities and continuing to partner with our communities in various ways like our Community Involvement Team.

2.    When there is a new product development effort, how does that impact the manufacturing team?

Generally, it starts with the engineering team creating a prototype. Then the manufacturing team and the cross-functional project team are invited to discuss the feasibility of the new product. We need to learn if it would be possible for the manufacturing team to build the new product in our factory lines. We identify if there are any additional training, components and tools needed for the manufacturing team. Once we agree on the feasibility, we proceed towards building beta units which are test units to see how these new generator sets fit into our factory lines. This is followed by validation of build capability and extensive quality checks. Throughout the entire process of identifying and validating potential developments, our teams make sure that our products are safe and reliable for our employees and the customers. 

3.    What is one word you would use to describe the new C175N6B and C200N6B?

“Efficient.” The Cummins team has worked on creating C175N6B and C200N6B with an 8.9-liter engine which have incomparable power densities in our industry to this date. These two new generator sets are not only efficient in footprint, but also in their maintenance. With their natural gas engines, they require less fuel refills and are better for areas with a higher population. Our PowerCommand® 2.3 provides automatic remote-control for our customers as well. 

The Cummins C175N6B and C200N6B use 8.9-liter QSJ8.9G engine with natural gas as their fuel. With these two nodes, QSJ8.9G provides the highest power density among the natural gas generator set products in the industry. Cummins is dedicated to powering our customers' needs with our leading technology, expertise and commitment. Click here if you want to read more about what our product owner wanted to share about these new gas generator sets.

For inquiries about this product please reach out to your local Cummins salesperson.

No paint? No problem. 6.7 turbo diesel engine ditches clear coating for improved sustainability

Caption: Senior Industrial Engineer Clarissa Arriaga, who along with Current Product Senior Engineer Ashwini Khandelwal conducted the study that led to the elimination of engine coatings at Columbus Mid-Range Engine Plant.

For over 30 years, the Columbus Mid-Range Engine Plant (CMEP) has built the heavy-duty diesel engine for pickup trucks and coated it in a rust-preventative. In 2021, this coating was eliminated, making manufacturing cleaner for the popular engine.

Despite how sophisticated a painted Cummins Inc. diesel engine may look, painting engines hasn’t always been for the dashing looks, cool style, and flash. As the most common source of material used to build an engine in the past was grey iron, it was necessary to use a rust-preventative coating on all of our engine models to avoid corrosion. Coating contributed to the extended lifespan of an engine, its components and overall durability.

While paint offers protection and, to some, great style, it comes with a heavy environmental cost – from massive water and chemical waste and increased energy use and natural gas output to emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Sustainability leaders and manufacturing and service engineers at the plant recognized the advancements in material diversity on the 6.7-liter engine and conducted an assessment on their coating process.

Through their assessment in 2020, engineers validated that the coating elimination would not expose the engines to excess corrosion, ensuring the same quality, capabilities, and durability without the environmental impacts.

In fact, less than 10 components were at risk of oxidation. With the advancements in technology, most engines today are built using a variety of materials from aluminum to cast iron, with composite components here and there. Over time, the 6.7-liter engine had evolved and with it, its components. As the majority of parts and surfaces on the engine would not be impacted due to the evolution of the engine over time, eliminating the coating process was clear. For the components that were prone to oxidation, engineers found more sustainable ways, like powder coating prior to final assembly, to seal these parts from potential exposure. Only a few components now still receive a rust preventative coating.

Engineers developed a strategy that would eliminate VOCs from coating operations, reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), water use and waste production, and recycle all packaging plastics.

Here are the top ways removing the coating process has increased the sustainability in manufacturing of the 6.7-liter diesel engine.

Reduced water usage and hazardous waste

In one day, CMEP would use between 10,000 gallons and 14,000 gallons of water solely on the coating processing line. Water from the coating wash tank was mixed with three different chemicals that cleaned the engine thoroughly, protecting coating from peeling over time. Yearly, the plant used an average of 23,500 gallons of chemicals to ensure engines were sealed.

For OEMs, fleets, and customers looking to reduce their scope three emissions, achieve environmental goals, and adhere to strict sustainability regulations, it’s important to know products are manufactured to the same environmental standards. Paint elimination reduces CMEP’s VOCs, particulate matter, and absolute water consumption – key 2030 goals included in Cummins’ PLANET 2050 environmental sustainability strategy – allowing the plant to save roughly 5 million gallons of water per year. 

Reduced NOx emissions

You can image that running an industrial wash tank, two ovens, and automated spray robots requires a significant amount of natural gas and energy usage. With daily use of these tools natural gas use was significant. While natural gas is one of the more environmentally friendly fossil fuels, as it burns cleaner, emitting 50 percent to 60 percent less CO2 than regular oil, it still emits small amounts of NOx.

As a result of eliminating the coating process, natural gas usage was reduced by 88 percent, saving nine million gallons of natural gas used monthly – that’s equivalent to powering an average home in the United States for 20 years. Reducing the use of natural gas on the paint line eliminates NOx emissions, contributing to both a cleaner plant and cleaner product, with key cost savings to both the customer and manufacturer.

Decrease in plastic usage; increase in material and equipment recycling

Not every component on the 6.7-liter engine received the clear coating. To protect these pieces from overspray, plant workers would use single-use plastic cups, rolls of tape, stickers, and other small plastic covers. With fewer components and sections of the engine to cover, the plant can eliminate most of their plastic, which can often take years to decompose. It’s estimated the plant has eliminated nearly 16,500 pounds of waste.

The coating line alone occupied nearly 20,000 square feet of space in the plant, which has allowed for endless possibilities for how to use the machinery and material. With room for new innovations, The Columbus Mid-Range Engine Plant can continue to improve the 6.7-liter engine for pickup customers.

Coating elimination at CMEP has been widely successful. During Indiana’s 25th Annual Pollution Prevention Conference, the plant received the 2022 Indiana Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence

Eliminating a coating or paint process is not always feasible for other manufacturing plants, but Columbus Mid-Range Engine Plant leaders hope other facilities will conduct assessments of their own to determine if elimination and increased sustainability is possible. Cummins’ Jamestown Engine Plant implemented water-based paint in 2013 to eliminate VOCs, while other Cummins plants, like the Rocky Mount Engine Plant are currently evaluating the conversion to water-based paint.

CMEP is manufacturing cleaner, meeting strict EPA and regulatory standards, and continuing to produce the same, durable, and legendary 6.7-liter engine for the pickup customers.

Just as the 6.7-liter turbo diesel engine has evolved over time, with new innovations and technological advancements, so too will manufacturing facilities continue to evolve for the needs of society and the planet’s wellbeing.

Learn more about Cummins’ PLANET 2050 strategy here. 

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