Cummins-led Team to Develop Plug-in Hybrid that Reduces Fuel Use 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.

A Whole Lot of Shaking Going On

Testing any generator to see if it will stand up to an earthquake is never easy...

...but if that generator weighs some 80,000 pounds and has an engine that’s 8 feet tall and 14 feet long, it’s especially challenging.

No wonder Cummins Power Generation employees were pleased to learn late last year that after months of planning, logistics and testing, the QSK95 generator set had passed the “shaker table test” for seismic certification.

A Vision to Promote STEM at a Former Superfund Site

Where others saw a decaying, 2,400-acre ammunition plant, closed for nearly 40 years, Cummins’ Prad Pathirana saw an opportunity to introduce STEM to public school students.

And that’s precisely what’s happening now that the former plant, near Cummins Power Generation in the Twin Cities (Minnesota) north metro, was removed in 2015 from the Superfund list of the United States’ worst environmental sites.

Seymour Plant Quietly Achieves Important Power Milestone to Reduce GHGs

Dec. 3, 2015 was a very good day for Matt Abdallah and his team at the Seymour Engine Plant in Seymour, Indiana.

After months of work, and more than a year of planning, the lab operations team used two regenerative dynamometers, or regen dynos for short, to capture enough energy from high horsepower engines being tested to meet all of the plant’s electrical needs.

Cummins Improves Fuel Efficiency In 2017 Engine Lineup

Cummins has received certification for its complete lineup of on-highway diesel and natural gas engines ahead of schedule from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), meeting both the current EPA regulations and the second step in greenhouse gas (GHG) and fuel-efficiency standards which take effect in January 2017.

Fuel efficiency is improved across the commercial vehicle engine lineup from 5.0 liters to 15 liters.

Updates On 5 Cool Projects at Cummins

Cummins employees are always working on interesting, creative and impactful projects in a variety of areas. Here’s a quick update on five that have been in the news:

1. Corporate Responsibility

Padarwadi

This Corporate Responsibility initiative in India brought power in 2011 to a small, rural village about 150 kilometers from the city of Pune. Some five years later, the project is still going strong.

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