Gillig and Cummins announce partnership
Gillig LLC and Cummins Inc. announced a partnership at the APTA public transportation show in Atlanta. The technical collaboration work focuses on integrating and optimizing new battery electric technology from Cummins that will soon power Gillig zero-emissions transit buses.
"Gillig has a very strong business relationship with Cummins—and now, with our new technical partnership, we have been able to share our respective technology roadmaps and jointly develop a vision to deliver the most comprehensive, advanced technology battery electric bus in the market for our customers," said Derek Maunus, president of Gillig.
"We have leveraged our companies' decades of heavy-duty transit experience in the design of the system and will integrate this advanced technology into Gillig's industry leading proven platform," added Maunus.
Amy Boerger, Cummins Vice President – Sales North America, said, "The Cummins electrified powertrain on show here at APTA represents a major leap forward for the industry, and we are delighted that Gillig will have first access to this important zero-emissions technology. The partnership enables a close technical collaboration so we can accelerate system integration and performance optimization work to leap ahead of others in the industry."
Initial development work for the new battery electric Gillig bus envisions a 200-mile operating range on a single charge. The bus will feature a direct-drive traction motor with peak torque of 3500 N·m (2582 lb-ft), and use energy recovered from a regenerative braking system. A package of e-accessories will be powered by the Cummins system. The initial bus deployment will use a plug-in charger.
"Beyond the technical development work, the partnership will also encompass the full range of 24/7 service support, diagnostics, over-the-air connectivity, flexible warranty plans, and training programs ready for when these Gillig electric buses enter service," said Boerger.