Cummins Announces New Engine for Customers on Path to Zero Emissions

Oct 15, 2021 9:15 AM ET

Global power leader Cummins Inc. will bring to market a new 15-liter natural gas engine for heavy-duty trucks for customers looking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality.

The engine is part of the company’s expanding product line to achieve Cummins’ PLANET 2050 environmental strategy, which includes lowering emissions from the company’s newly sold products by 30% by 2030 and reaching carbon neutrality by 2050. The strategy aligns with the targets in the Paris Climate Accords.

“Cummins continues to expand our portfolio of power solutions options so customers can meet their business goals and operational objectives, while also meeting emissions standards and achieving their sustainability goals,” said Srikanth Padmanabhan, President of Cummins’ Engine Business. “We believe this natural gas option is a game changer as a cost-competitive power option to existing diesel powertrains in heavy-duty trucking, making it a great complement to reduce CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions.” 

Padmanabhan said the engine is also the basis for the company’s recently announced hydrogen internal combustion engine under development. Cummins wants to offer customers a range of power solutions to achieve their sustainability goals, including battery and fuel cell electric platforms in addition to advanced diesel and natural gas engines.

The new 15-liter natural gas engine is expected to weigh 500 pounds less than comparable 15-liter diesel engines currently available on the market, providing greater efficiency in the long-haul trucking taking place on U.S. interstate highways.

When powered with renewable natural gas (RNG), using methane collected from organic waste in landfills as the primary fuel source, the new engines can be credited with a neutral to negative carbon index, resulting in net greenhouse gas emissions at or below zero.