Diesel giant Cummins has given us a glimpse of its future with the unveiling of its fully electric Class 7 truck.
While the company is continuing to find efficiencies in its core engine offerings with the new generation X12 and X15, Cummins has also invested heavily in electric technology as European manufacturers like Daimler roll out electric prototypes.
According to chief technical officer Jennifer Rumsey, the electric model known as AEOS is a demonstration of Cummins’ evolving capabilities.
“These new technological innovations build on our 100-year legacy of bringing the best solutions to our customers, driving their success and meeting the evolving demands of their industries and markets,” Rumsey said.
“We will harness our global technical footprint to continue to develop a wide variety of power technologies to bring our customers the choice and solutions that enable their success and contribute to a sustainable future.”
Cummins president Rich Freeland says now is the time to position the company for new markets with the emergence of alternative fuel, digital technology and trends like virtual reality.
“As a global power leader for the commercial and industrial customers we serve, with an unmatched service and support network, we are better positioned than any other company to win in new and emerging technologies and in new markets,” Freeland said.
“We will leverage our deep industry and customer knowledge and our scale advantage to win. Over the past century, our ability to innovate and adapt has fuelled our success and we are confident we are on the right path to do it again.”
Along with the electric truck, Cummins has also been investing in a range of other new technologies such as cleaner diesels through its single module aftertreatment and the recent partnership with Eaton for a more integrated powertrain option.
Beyond diesels, Cummins is also investing in research and development for other fuel types such as alcohol based alternatives like ethanol and methanol and natural gas.