Cummins announces class 7 heavy-duty electric truck

Cummins Inc. announces heavy-duty electric trucks. The leading diesel and natural gas engine maker for commercial trucks and headquartered in Indiana is launching a seventh-class heavy-duty electric truck design. The 140 kWh rechargeable battery in 20 minutes has a 100-mile range to carry a 22-ton trailer and will hit the market in 2019.

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Cummins launches AEOS as a blow to Tesla that will launch Semi Truck. Class 7 heavy vehicles are designed to operate in urban and short-haul travel within or around ports and other terminals. The battery is recharged for about an hour at a 140 kWh charging station and Cummins will make a 20 minute version by 2020.

“These new technological innovations build on our 100-year legacy of bringing the best solutions to our customers, driving their success and meeting the evolving demands of their industries and markets,” said Jennifer Rumsey, Chief Technical Officer, Cummins Inc.

“We will harness our global technical footprint to continue to develop a wide variety of power technologies to bring our customers the choice and solutions that enable their success and contribute to a sustainable future,” said Rumsey

The company said the Class 7 truck had been represented for heavy-duty electric trucks due to the limitations of battery technology today. The electric powertrain has not yet allowed for a Class 8 trailer which is also known as the 18 wheel, due to larger loads and longer distances.

Cummins will not build a full truck, but supplies an integrated battery electronic system for trucks and buses. The announcement comes a few weeks before Tesla's plans revealed Semi Truck which claimed to have a range of 200 to 300 miles. Cummins announces class 7 heavy-duty electric truck

"There's more technology coming into economic relevance than we've ever seen in my career," said Thomas Linebarger, Chief Executive of Cummins.

The 98-year-old company remains successful through innovation, especially as regulatory and customer preferences change. Cummins has been working on electric powertrains and fuel cells for about a decade and this position remains strong to be a leader, regardless of competition with new players like Tesla, Proterra and Nikola Motor Company.

"All our competitors take it very seriously, they are innovative, well funded and have a technological mindset, just like Cummins. We need to make sure we have the right technology for the right apps. If we have good technology they will want to buy from us," Linebarger said.