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Cummins signs huge global engine supply deal with Daimler

Cummins signs huge global engine supply deal with Daimler

NZ Truck & Driver News

 April 2021   

Cummins has landed a huge deal with Daimler to take over the engine supply for all of the global truckmaker’s medium-duty trucks and buses worldwide within the next eight years.

Daimler Truck says it will halt production of medium-duty engines by 2029, with Cummins to establish its own engine production line within the existing Mercedes-Benz engine plant in Mannheim, Germany – using established resources to produce the Euro 7 Cummins powerplants.

Daimler’s own Detroit DD5 and DD8 engines will be phased out, Daimler Trucks boss Martin Daum explaining that the Euro 7 emissions standards would have required the investment of “considerable resources” to further develop its own medium-duty engine range.

This, he says, will allow those resources to be used to accelerate development plans for alternative and emerging engine technologies: “We are now freeing up these funds to focus them on the technologies that are crucial to our longterm corporate success in the transformation of our industry.”

In the future, Daimler Truck says it will focus on further developing zero-emission drive technologies, as well as further development of commercial heavy-duty drivetrains.

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Cummins has landed a huge deal with Daimler to take over the engine supply for all of the global truckmaker’s medium-duty trucks and buses worldwide within the next eight years.

Daimler Truck says it will halt production of medium-duty engines by 2029, with Cummins to establish its own engine production line within the existing Mercedes-Benz engine plant in Mannheim, Germany – using established resources to produce the Euro 7 Cummins powerplants.

Daimler’s own Detroit DD5 and DD8 engines will be phased out, Daimler Trucks boss Martin Daum explaining that the Euro 7 emissions standards would have required the investment of “considerable resources” to further develop its own medium-duty engine range.

This, he says, will allow those resources to be used to accelerate development plans for alternative and emerging engine technologies: “We are now freeing up these funds to focus them on the technologies that are crucial to our longterm corporate success in the transformation of our industry.”

In the future, Daimler Truck says it will focus on further developing zero-emission drive technologies, as well as further development of commercial heavy-duty drivetrains.

The partners announced they will evaluate a broader global strategic partnership through identifying potential synergies in areas such as powertrain components and engine system components. Daimler will continue with its heavy-duty engine platform (HDEP) for the group’s global HD truck and bus needs.

Cummins chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger says the partnership is “a terrific opportunity for both companies to be more competitive, drive global innovation, expand offerings to customers and reduce emissions. 

“We are looking forward to working with Daimler on this and exploring other potential opportunities to grow our respective companies. As the leading independent global power solutions provider, Cummins is committed to ensuring any customer, anywhere, has the right solution – by offering them a broad range of power solutions, from advanced diesel, near-zero natural gas, fully electric, hydrogen and other technologies.”

Cummins has backed-up that deal with another supply agreement – to provide Hino Trucks in North America with engines for its medium-duty and heavy-duty trucks.

Hino’s L and XL Series models will be on the market with Cummins B6.7 and L9 engines by the end of this year. The smaller Cummins engine, with 240hp and 260hp ratings, will be paired with Allison’s 2000 and 3000 Series automatic transmissions. 

The Cummins L9 engine will be offered in the Hino XL Series, initially in 300hp, 330hp and 360hp versions and mated with Allison’s 3000 or 3500 autos or an Eaton manual. 

The deal will allow Hino to redirect engineering and other resources to accelerate the development of a battery electric vehicle (BEV) as part of its Project Z development path to zero emission vehicles. 

Hino Trucks has already said it plans to develop and produce a full range of Class 4 through to Class 8 (heavy-duty) BEV trucks by 2024. It says low volume production of its BEV models will begin before the end of next year.

“Our industry is in the midst of a generational shift from traditional vehicles to Zero Emission Vehicles,” says Hino’s Glenn Ellis: “This new partnership is in line with the recent shift we have seen among other OEMs who are looking to strong industry partners to help offset their growing R&D investments into new ZEVs.” 

Hino and Cummins will continue to evaluate additional opportunities to collaborate on powertrain strategies in the future.

Isuzu has also previously revealed that it will use the Cummins B6.7 engine to develop Class 6 and 7 models in North America and medium-duty models in Japan.  


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