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Cummins beats Tesla to electric semi-truck, unveils new technology


Cummins electric truck for short hauling.

Cummins beats Tesla and introduces electric semi-truck for short distance hauling

Cummins Inc. unveiled its latest power solutions and new technology, according to a press release. Cummins claims its demonstrating that it’s prepared to win over the competition with new and future technologies.

“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.

The company displayed at a technology show the latest in near-zero natural gas engine technology, super-efficient diesel engines (the X12 and X15), and shared plans to introduce a revolutionary heavy-duty diesel engine in 2022.

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Cummins also revealed, for the first time ever, a fully electric class 7 demonstration Urban Hauler Tractor.

“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,” said Rumsey.

Electrified Powertrain Solutions

Unveiling of the Concept Class 7 Urban Hauler EV, Cummins introduced a state-of-the art battery pack offering, redefining energy-efficiency and density capabilities for the EV market.

The lighter, denser battery design allows it to hold a longer charge for improved range and faster charging, reducing down time.

The concept truck design includes an Engine-Generator option for extended range capabilities, allowing users to benefit from Cummins B4.5 or B6.7 engines, providing a major advantage over today’s hybrid systems.

These engine options offer 50 per cent fuel savings compared to today’s diesel hybrids with zero emissions.

Clean Diesel

The latest diesel products are highly efficient and sustainable heavy-duty diesel engines.

The powerful X15 and lightweight X12 engines are engineered for optimal performance and power while offering class-leading fuel economy through the use of advanced air handling and fuel system controls.

Both engines utilize the compact Single Module Aftertreatment, which offers longer maintenance intervals for the lowest cost of ownership.

Next heavy-duty engine for 2022 affirms the company’s commitment to providing the most effective power solution for Class 8 linehaul trucks.


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Alternative Fuels and Power Solutions

The company is developing a high-efficiency spark-ignited technology that can deliver diesel-like performance and durability across a range of liquid fuels, like ethanol, methanol, and gasoline – meeting the most stringent emissions requirements.

Cummins continues to investigate the viability of alternatives like bio-fuels, synthetic fuels and hydrogen. Cummins also invested in exploratory projects focused on Proton Exchange Membrane and Solid Oxide Fuel Cell technologies.

Natural Gas

The company also revealed its latest Near-Zero natural gas engines during the event.

End-users will find 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.

Working toward a class 8 integration, these engines offer adaptability with Agility’s Blue-IQ fuel delivery technology for full connectivity.

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  1. Jeff says:

    Good to see at last would make a fantastic city wrecker. Always thought a hydrogen fuel cell running electric motors at the hubs would be best for torque and control for outside of town. Disapointing to see they have stuck with the standard shitty visibility and looks hideously narrow cab though.