The new Endurant 12-speed automated manual transmission (AMT) mated to a Cummins X12 engine; an engine that will be ocming to the market next year.
Cummins is positioning itself more for the long run and broadening its portfolio of products, according to comments made by Rich Freeland, the company's president and COO, back in August. Rather than take a "one-size-fits-al"l approach or targeting only one particular power source for engines, Freeland said Cummins is betting on the diversity of trucking needs and is ready to offer products for all of them.
Back in August, Cummins unveiled its fully electric Class 7 demonstration Urban Hauler Tractor, seen here on the NACV trade show floor.
Aerodynamic fittings, such as wheel covers, help boost the range of this prototype.
The truck, intended as a "technical demonstrator" for vocational applications like urban delivery, port drayage and terminal handling, has a Cummins integrated electric powertrain and was built by Roush with the design inspired by Cummins. It has a range of 100 miles on a single charge, which is extendable to 300 miles with the addition of a second pack of batteries.
Cummins plans to have a fully electrified powertrain system on the road by the end of 2019 and expects transit buses operating in cities would likely be the first vehicles to have this new technology.
Cummins' AEOS Class 7 4x2 day cab tractor has a max GVWR of 75,000 lbs. and sports a Cummins Integrated Electrified Powertrain, according to the company.
The AEOS has a range of 100 miles on a single charge, which takes an hour — and that's expected to be reduced to "as quick as 20 minutes" by 2020 as battery and charging technology progress. Additional battery modules can extend the AEOS Class 7 truck's range to 300 miles.
Srikanth Padmanabhan, president of the engine business at Cummins Inc., said the company is planning to roll out a new 15-liter heavy-duty diesel engine in 2022 because, in his words, diesel engines will be “the best solution for decades to come,” noting that Cummins-branded diesels currently power 33% of the heavy-duty truck market and nearly 80% of the medium-duty truck market.