Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Cummins unveils next-gen diesel engines and electric truck

Cummins’ Aeos 1 fully electric heavy-duty truck and powertrain Cummins’ Aeos 1 fully electric heavy-duty truck and powertrain
Clarence Schmidt | 31 August, 2017, 06:08

However, it looks like Tesla won't be the first company to give us an electric truck after all. The demonstrator truck that Cummins has unveiled using its electric drivetrain has a 140 KWh battery rather than the traditional Cummins 12-liter diesel engine under the hood.

The Aeos is a fully electric, class 7 day-cab urban hauler. It is capable of hauling up to 44,000 pounds of cargo, but even with the 140-kWh battery pack, it has a 100-mile range.

With a claimed range of 100 miles, it certainly seems apt to handle short drives, and Cummins said it only takes an hour to charge. The company is looking at solar panels to extend the range of its semi-truck, and there's the possibility of adding extra packs to extend the distance to 300 miles.

Being engine experts as opposed to whole vehicle developers, Cummins has wisely tapped the auto industry engineering and development gurus at Roush Industries to help develop the truck, which helps explain how production is planned for as early as 2019. With the diesel engine option in tow, the truck will offer up to 300 miles of range.

Currently, the battery will charge to full capacity in around an hour, but the company is hoping that by 2020, they'll be able to reduce charging time to a mere 20 minutes, making these an incredibly effective option for delivery companies operative looking for a cheap short range haulage option. However, it's important to mention Cummins will not actually build the trucks as instead it will supply the entire battery electronics system and is going to purchase the battery cells from a yet unknown provider. So, with both Tesla and Cummins offering cleaner alternatives, it isn't really a competition.

Cummins also showcased its new "super-efficient" X12 and X15 heavy-duty diesel engines that feature Single Module Aftertreatment, which the company said offers longer maintenance intervals for the lowest cost of ownership.

That's one of the reasons why Tesla is already committed to entering the commercial vehicle space.

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