Cummins-Isuzu electric collaboration
Posted: 26-Jan-2022 |
Cummins and Isuzu have widened the scope of their recent collaboration to partner on a prototype medium-duty, battery electric truck intended for demonstration in North America later this year.
The truck represents the first zero-emissions solution facilitated by the Isuzu Cummins Powertrain Partnership (ICPP) that was established in May 2019.
To date the ICPP agreement has seen the two companies evaluate and carry out opportunities to jointly develop and bring new diesel and diesel-based powertrains to global markets.
Under this global mid-range diesel collaboration agreement, Cummins has provided mid-range B6.7 diesel platforms for use in Isuzu medium-size trucks to meet customer needs initially in North America and Japan.
In expanding the agreement to work on battery electric trucks, the Cummins PowerDrive6000 powertrain solution will be integrated into Isuzu’s F-Series truck. The plan is to trial the prototype truck with prominent North American fleets beginning in 2022.
Following a successful demonstration and pilot phase, Isuzu will explore opportunities to commercialize medium-duty, battery-electric trucks with Cummins-powered systems across North America.
“We are excited to be working with Isuzu to accelerate decarbonization within the partnership,” said Amy Davis, vice president and president of New Power at Cummins.
“It’s through our joint commitment in innovation that we provide our customers with safe, reliable zero-emissions solutions.”
The project is part of the Isuzu Environmental Vision 2050 plan to advance global environmental actions and reduce greenhouse emissions.
“As part of the path to carbon neutrality, it is significant for us to start this joint BEV prototype project in North America,” said Koichi Seto, director of the board, and senior executive officer at Isuzu.
“Through our partnership, we commit to continuing to explore further opportunities in the next generation power source, including electric powertrain technologies in addition to the existing powertrain collaboration.”