Cummins, which is most well known for its diesel engines, will unveil its own range-extended electric vehicle by 2020.
Cummins has announced it will have a fully electrified powertrain system on the road by 2019, a move that indicates electrified powertrains are here to stay. In addition to the powertrain, Cummins will debut a range-extended electric vehicle a year later. The company did confirm that despite increasing its investment into electrification, it will maintain its investment in diesel, believing the fuel will endure in several markets for years to come.
“We are a technology company,” said Tom Linebarger, Cummins’ chairman and CEO. “Technology, innovation and empower is what we do. The trucking industry was built on the back of Cummins.”
Cummins’ launched its electrification unit earlier this year and said costs of electric vehicles have come down in recent years, making them a more viable option for many customers.
“We believe that we know some things about electrification that maybe others don’t,” said Julie Furber, executive director of electrification business development for Cummins. “The first commercial markets that we see moving are transit bus, pick-up and delivery, and material handling. And then longer term, we believe that electrified power will come to all of our markets in one way shape or form, but not tomorrow, and not next year, despite all the chatter you may be hearing.”