Cummins introduces fully electric truck
During an event held Tuesday, Aug. 29 at the Cummins Technical Center in Columbus, IN, Cummins unveiled a fully electric class 7 demonstration Urban Hauler Tractor, which uses a 140-KWh battery pack instead of a 12-L engine. The company says 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 lb (3400 kg). The concept truck reportedly has a range of approximately 100 mi (160 km) on a single charge for city driving that is extendable to 300 mi (480 km) with additional battery packs.
Other energy-saving features of the truck include a regenerative braking system and the potential for solar panels on the trailer roof that can send energy to the battery pack. Air drag is reduced by replacing side mirrors with an in-dash camera system. Air drag is reduced via its streamlined design as well as a better sealed truck body and underbody—with no front radiator intrusion.
The concept powertrain and truck are designed to limit the vehicle’s impact on the environment. According to the company, if the charging power is generated from 100% renewable sources, then the truck can be described as fully carbon neutral.
“Cummins has always been an innovator,” stated Congressman Luke Messer. “Today serves as the latest example of how this thriving Indiana business is developing cutting-edge technologies that will shape the manufacturing industry for decades to come. It was an honor to join Cummins today and support the thousands of Hoosiers that work for this great Indiana company.”
“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,” said Jennifer Rumsey, Chief Technical Officer, Cummins Inc. “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.”
“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,” said Rich Freeland, Cummins President and Chief Operating Officer. “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 fueled our success and we are confident we are on the right path to do it again.”