Cummins unveils next-gen diesel engines and electric truck

CumminsCummins unveiled their new all-electric powertrain in a 140 KWh demonstrator truck to the media on Aug. 29 2017

CumminsCummins unveiled their new all-electric powertrain in a 140 KWh demonstrator truck to the media on Aug. 29 2017

Cummins, best known for building diesel engines that power pickup trucks, unveiled a fully electric heavy semi truck Tuesday, just weeks before Tesla shows off its own big rig. Cummins' work in diesel innovation doesn't end there - the next heavy-duty engine for 2022 affirms the company's commitment to providing the most effective power solution for Class 8 linehaul trucks. Nicknamed "Aeos", it represents the company's first zero-emissions truck and has been engineered to accommodate a large 140-kWh battery pack with enough juice for 100 miles between two charges, thus making it suitable mostly for city use.

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The demonstration truck, built by Roush with the design "inspired" by the OEM's engineers, according to the company - features a Cummins integrated all-electric powertrain that offers a range of 100 miles on a single charge; a range extendable to 300 miles with the addition of a second pack of batteries. It's trailer roof can also be retrofitted with solar panels, adding an extra clean energy punch. (By contrast, reports have Tesla's yet-to-be-revealed rival as producing 200-300 miles of range). In 2020, it will offer a hybrid "extended range" version with a diesel engine that powers the generator. Cummins is a company that has been around for almost 100 years, and this reveal telegraphs the company's intention to wade into battle with a new generation of transportation startups like Nikola Motor Company and electric-bus company Proterra for the future of freight. Air drag is reduced by replacing side mirrors with an in-dash camera system. Further streamlining the exterior design is the sealed underbody. The company plans to make radical technological advancements in the coming years. End-users will find the Cummins Near-Zero natural gas engines are an equivalent performance option to diesel and like the latest clean-diesel have little to no emissions for customers looking to minimize emissions footprint.

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