Cummins Shying Away From Diesel and Will Release an EV

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Cummins Shying Away From Diesel and Will Release an EV

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.”

SEE ALSO: Fiat Chrysler, Cummins Now Dealing with Diesel Allegations

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.”

  • Peter

    cummins moving away from diesels?! next thing we know bugatti will move into manufacturing bicycles…… oh wait

  • Mec-One

    Caterpillar stock probably on the up tick right now

  • edr9x23super

    Nothing but Liberal Cheek-Spreader fantasy. President Trump just needs to keep cutting off Silver Ponytails and defunding the EPA to end this Libiot whackadoodle nonsense………

  • Cal Murphy

    With the people empowered by guberment offering so many incentives (bribes coming from our pockets) for politically correct energy use, this is not at all a surprising misdirection and mistake!

  • Dan Garrett

    Are you one of those low information voters?

  • edr9x23super

    No, I am one of those people who has witnessed “Global Cooling” morph into “Global Warming” that has evolved into “Climate change” when their bullshit fantasy didn’t play out and come true, which is driving all of this ridiculous and unnecessary regulations on our vehicles, our electric power generation, energy production and everything in between. Only Stupid-assed Liberals would cut off their noses to spite their faces with crap like this………..

  • greatnesslostislegend

    Electric cars, trucks, and commercial vehicles are here to stay. Production cost is dropping, and with graphene batteries now in production less costly to make within 2 years. Subsidies not necessary.

    Solar shingles are a reality and all new homes in sunnier regions will use them inside of five years.

    With Trump’s EPA licensing Allam Cycle power plants all new natural gas and gassified plants will run emission free by 2025. Trump’s EPA is also speeding up licensing of new nuke plants.

    These trends mean most power for EV’s will come from sources that do not emit C02.

    Last week a EV was announced that charges in 9 minutes, will have a range of 400 miles, top end if 170 MPH, go zero to 60 in 2.9 seconds, and carry 7 adults. This possible due to graphene batteries. A gasoline car with this performance costs $1 million. This car $200k. A new Import from China with the same charge time, a 200 mile range, seating 4 , 6 sec 0 to 60 time, will cost $17,000.00.

    Several companies are planning to introduce 600 mile range EV semi trailer commercial trucks in the next two years.

    A major shift is coming. Largely customer driven going forward due to a simple fact EV’s are going to be better…

  • greatnesslostislegend

    Moot whether global warming is true, or not.

    Technology, consumer driven, will have the US economy emitting less CO2 than the ecology can scrub out inside of 30 years.

    These trends are in place and are an economic force that will effect these changes as relilably as gravity.

    Why?

    Tech that is better, and will be cheaper….

  • Charles Roberts

    let me see; OK, 18 Wheeler’s are going electric, how far can they travel without a charge, HUM, maybe it’s 100 yrs. or 100 miles… what a joke..I’m sure truckers will love to pull in for a charge after 100 miles max…..only if their payed…LOL.

  • SouthernPatriot

    I totally agree with you! The EPA was the elephant in the room so to speak and just kept growing and passing stupid asinine regulations that only cost the consumer in the end and did not really help the environment. I hope and pray President Trump shuts them down completely!

  • GARY SHAMBLEN

    Regarding Cummins engines. Technology has an infinitely long way to go to match the torque, durability, and efficiency of the Cummins Diesel. However, I’m sorry to say the old adage “they don’t make e’m like they used to” I’m afraid is beginning to apply.

  • Bs M

    Do away with diesel, and this customer is gone. I only buy diesel vehicles, car or truck. There is no equivalent, and until they can install small nuclear power plants in vehicles…there won’t be.

  • DisruptiveChanges

    Pull your head out of the sand. A battery can be changed in 5 minutes.

  • DisruptiveChanges

    Talk about a narrow mind. You are missing a lot.

  • DisruptiveChanges

    I have never read so many comments from individuals who don’t know what is coming – and sooner than you think.

  • Bs M

    Is there not one god damn forum on the internet that doesn’t have a token asshole trolling it???? Geeze us kriste buddy, you don’t have a f**king clue who I am, yet your words fall straight out your @$$. No need to reply, because I won’t see it…Holy f**king sh!+.

  • DisruptiveChanges

    You went nuclear.

  • danwat1234

    Torque? Electric motors move freight trains. Efficiency? Far more efficiency with a plugin hybrid or fully electric drivetrain. When the engine isn’t on, easily twice the efficiency, half the heat emitted.

  • danwat1234

    Moving away long term, say 15 years+..

  • edr9x23super

    We can certainly hope and pray! At least we have Governor Perry at DOE to help President trump to move things along……

  • AmazingFacts

    Troll

  • John W Fry

    What kind of engine makes the electricity ?

  • danwat1234

    Well, the truck would have a plug so that is dependent on the source of power. Varies by state. Grid is getting cleaner every year.
    The engine would either be diesel or diesel converted to natural gas or a turbine engine. Having it operate at it’s peak RPM & load all the time with no transmissions saves fuel, as well as recapturing much of the energy when braking; the new Jake Brake would be regenerative braking.
    AWD semi-truck for better traction in mud, snow/ice would be cheaper and way less efficiency loss than using a transmission.

  • Devin Serpa

    This would be like buying organic yogurt from Phillip Morris.

  • Devin Serpa

    Lol

  • Devin Serpa

    Try the nostalgia forums.

  • Devin Serpa

    Diesel to nuclear? Lol.

  • Devin Serpa

    Increasingly solar or wind stored in batteries.

  • Devin Serpa

    Et tu

  • Devin Serpa

    Welcome to the twenty first century. Please leave your AOL discs behind.

  • Devin Serpa

    Want to put your money where your mouth is? Invest in coal and oil, and I’ll see you in the poor house.

  • Devin Serpa

    Your statements belie your legacy.

  • Devin Serpa

    Workhorse will beat them to the finish line.

  • Devin Serpa

    Workhorse FTW.

  • Cal Murphy

    Hah! Guberment Jr. High school teachers in the early 70s tried the brainwashing on me during the first “energy crisis” scare. Sucker! This planet is not even close to running out of petroleum resources yet and when it does it won’t actually ever “run out.” Economics will ensure that petroleum products are always available, albeit at a very high price eventually (a long time from today).

  • Cal Murphy

    BTW, I don’t invest in those markets because they are not free markets. They are highly controlled and manipulated by people with guns empowered by government (can you say MIC – military industrial complex)!

  • Charles Stauffer

    Diesel electric train locomotives scaled down toconsumer sized equipment…I can see it.

  • Charles Stauffer

    They figure 700 miles per charge for long haul trucks with an 8 hour charge time.

  • Cal Murphy

    Too heavy! Weight is the bane of electric motors either with batteries or other forms of electrical generation. They need to ride on rails, Rather than roads. They’ll sink in the mud and snow.

  • If the weight argument is true, then every time it rains and snows 18-wheelers nationwide would get stuck in mud and snow because of the weight of the freight they are carrying. Therefore freight should be on rails only?!?

    Nah. I think it will work out just fine.

  • You must have read a different article than I. They said they were adding electric drivetrains and continuing to invest in diesel. I read diversification. What did you read?

  • Cal Murphy

    No–it would not work out just fine for the target application of a personal vehicle in many areas under many conditions and they WOULD get stuck in the mud and snow many places. You are obviously ignorant of rural life in wet and snowy climates and conditions outside of city life. You are obviously ignorant of roads that get plowed infrequently, (not cities and interstates, bud)!. This spring, many unpaved rural roads in N. WA and Idaho were closed for MONTHS to traffic with tire loading over 200-250 lbs per inch of tire width. Many people live on these roads. The road beds could not support the weight during the wet conditions. We are not talking about 18-wheelers here, which only travel on high load bearing and primarily paved roads under good conditions. We are not talking about rails here. We ARE talking about accessing one’s home in many rural areas for much of the year and we are talking about people who really need reliable and rugged 4×4 vehicles (sometimes with blades on them) for something other than taking the kids to soccer practice or visiting the shopping mall.

    Actually, heavy vehicles are terrible in the snow with good roads and frequent winter maintenance too. Even my 4×4 Cummins Ram 2500 diesel is not my first choice for deep snow and mud, due to weight. As much as I love the diesel Cummins, and its power, reliability, and longevity, I certainly don’t want to own something with an reduced power and torque to weight ratio!

    So when the goobers in guberment spend my money to promote or require vehicles that don’t work for me and many others (and won’t work at all after an EMP brings down the power grid after everyone has been coerced or forced to drive “green” vehicles), while demoting vehicles that work well and destroying free markets, I get peeved!

  • Christopher Luth

    upset that the title didnt read: Cummins going to electric…..

  • Peter

    relax

  • BigRockr

    Great title,”Cummins Shying Away From Diesel and Will Release an EV” but in third sentence Cummins says “it will maintain its investment in diesel”. Another click-bait article. A company would be foolish to IGNORE electric. Diesels will not go away, however, so relax.

  • danwat1234

    Battery swaps can be automated and fast. More likely though it’ll be a fast charge when convenient, or natural gas onboard generator will keep the battery charged.

  • danwat1234

    Plugin serial hybrid semi trucks will come first. All electric drivetrain like a locomotive with regenerative braking instead of a Jake Brake, with an onboard diesel or natural gas genset.

  • Roo H

    100 years away or longer. There simply aren’t enough rare metals to make enough batteries for cars, not to mention the environmental nightmare those batteries represent, arguably worse than any diesel is on the environment.

  • DisruptiveChanges

    It’s called recycling. The lithium and cobalt, etc within batteries are not consumed – just as platinum and rhodium within auto exhaust catalysts are recycled.

  • Roo H

    The costs associated withe “recycling” those batteries are astronomic, at the very least the need to use liquid nitrogen to freeze the batteries in order to defuse the lithium. And the lithium is next to worthless on the open market. Without government grants (currently in excess of 3 billion to two of the largest recyclers), there is no profit whatsoever in recycling electric car batteries (overhead exceeds gross profits without grants). And as far as the “100 years or longer” comment, recycling gives you less than the amount you used in the first place, there is no “100%” to recycling, therefore you can’t justify that as the best excuse for a response to there not being enough rare metals to get as many people into electric vehicles as the green weenies in this country want to.

  • Justin Case

    Diesel-Electric from Cummins is a winner. Years of generator and diesel truck experience.

    Love this combination. These rigs will will be load and tow masters.

  • edr9x23super

    Mr. Linebarger should list his true name – Loadswallower……..

    Cummins is filled with nothing but Liberal bosses who kowtow to envirotard causes……….

  • edr9x23super

    Only a Libiot (Liberal Idiot) would use hugely expensive recycling techniques to attempt to recover something that did an enormous amount of environmental damage in the first place………..

    But then again there are people stupid enough to buy it.

  • DisruptiveChanges

    You must have missed your noon meds.

  • johnny_hopper

    No battery available today can be charged in 5 minutes. The best I have ever heard of is 45 minutes and that highly varies from charge station to station. Folks, we are a long way from EV long haulers. Also, does anyone know that making one set of batteries leaves the same carbon footprint as driving your V8 sedan for 8 years!!?? Anyone want to discuss the little known fact?

    EVs may be the liberal wave of the future but there are still many many issues to work out.

  • islamroastschildren

    Lookup ‘Prof John B. Goodenough’ of U. Texas. He has developed a SOLID STATE LITHIUM BATTERY that is far CHEAPER than today’s batteries, holds two to three times more CHARGE than today, and will be much FASTER to recharge. The Prof is the originator of the Li-ion battery to begin with so he has massive street-cred…..and never retired, today being 94 years old.

  • islamroastschildren

    Lookup ‘Prof John B. Goodenough’ of U. Texas on youtube and be amazed. He has
    developed a SOLID STATE LITHIUM BATTERY that is far CHEAPER than today’s
    batteries, holds two to three times more CHARGE than today, and will be
    much FASTER to recharge.

    MASSIVE IMPROVEMENT in Battery Technology has arrived.

  • Maddox

    FUCKING STOP IT! Focus on what you’re GOOD at! Stop with this bullshit, PAAAHHHLEASE stop. No one gives a shit about EV or Hybrids, those shit boxes ARE what ruin environments. HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE PROCESS FOR MAKING A FUCKING BATTERY!? Specially a li-ion battery, it would make you curdle inside. Clean Diesel is what we want, advanced Diesel tech is WHAT WE NEED! STOP WITH THE EV BULLSHIT! Dirt, rocks, mulch none of that shit is getting lighter, we need the torque. Don’t give me that locomotive’s are electric bullshit, they have MASSIVE diesel generators! OMG im gonna burst..

  • Maddox

    Yeah cause we know how efficient locomotives are with their generator to electric motor.