Cummins Shying Away From Diesel and Will Release an EV

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

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.”

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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.”

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Islamroastschildren Islamroastschildren on Jul 12, 2017

    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.

    • CruisingTroll CruisingTroll on Sep 08, 2017

      There's a lot of promising battery tech out there. In the laboratories. That doesn't mean that it can scale to production, or that it can work in the real world as opposed to sitting on a shelf in a climate controlled lab.

  • Maddox Maddox on Jul 12, 2017

    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..

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    • DisruptiveChanges DisruptiveChanges on Jul 21, 2018

      If you are calmed down you can rethink your rants. Wait 10 years and you wont have to rethink: you will see it all.