US-based Cummins has this week unveiled its latest innovation, a heavy-duty truck with fuel cell and battery electric power, at the 2019 North American Commercial Vehicle Show.
The zero emission class 8, 6×4 day cab tractor is a technology demonstrator suitable for vocational applications, including regional haul, urban delivery operations, port drayage and terminal container handling.
The truck was designed and integrated by Cummins in Columbus, Indiana and includes a proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell from Hydrogenics, a recent addition to Cummins.
The truck was designed for a 90kW fuel cell and is scalable in 30kW or 45kW increments up to 180kW and has a 100kWh lithium-ion battery capacity.
The truck has a range of 150 to 250 miles between filling up, however, that range can be extended with additional hydrogen tanks, by increasing the tank storage pressure, or by installing additional fuel cells to optimize management of the vehicle load factor.
Many of the critical components of the powertrain including the PEM fuel cell, system controller, powertrain controls, wire harnesses and junction boxes, among others, were designed and developed by Cummins.
“Developing this cutting-edge hydrogen fuel cell truck as a technology demonstrator is an important step in gaining valuable insights that are critical to continue developing the right solutions for the market and preparing for the next 100 years,” said Thad Ewald, Vice-President, Corporate Strategy at Cummins and leader of the company’s Electrified Power segment.
“Some companies make headlines talking about the future, but we’re busy building for the future.”
“In the long run, the customers we serve will likely need more than one type of power, depending on their specific markets, applications and use cases.
“We are uniquely positioned to help our customers select the right solution for their needs.
“Our deep technological expertise and global service and support network means we are able to help them transition from one technology to another at the time that’s best for their business.”