|Cummins-led Team to Develop Plug-in Hybrid that Reduces Fuel Use by 50%|
When fully loaded, Class 6 vehicles weigh between approximately 19,000 and 26,000 pounds and typical examples include school buses or single axle work trucks.
With their expertise in internal combustion engines and related products, Cummins researchers will optimize the powertrain by selecting the engine with the best architecture to use as an electric commercial vehicle range extender, using the engine to manage the charge level of the all-electric drive battery pack. The range extender will be integrated, using advanced vehicle controls, with the electrified powertrain and other applicable technologies.
Ultimately, the researchers aim to demonstrate improved fuel consumption and state of the art drivability and performance regardless of environmental conditions.
Cummins is partnering with
“The close integration and control of the electrified powertrain with an
appropriately selected engine is critically important to developing a
plug-in hybrid electric vehicle system,” said
The reduction of fuel consumption will be met or exceeded during a wide-range of drive cycles designed to meet the needs of a wide variety of commercial fleet operators. The fuel reduction goals will be achieved through the use of an electrified vehicle powertrain, optimization of the internal combustion engine operation, and other technologies including intelligent transportation systems and electronic braking.
Cummins values investment in research and development of new
technologies, partnering with the
The company is continuing its research and development focus on both critical future technologies and improving current technologies to meet future emissions and customer requirements around the world. Cummins’ Research and Technology organization develops new technology six to 10 years, and sometimes longer, ahead of commercial production.