Cummins Introduces Fuel Independent Internal Combustion Engine Options

Cummins Inc. unveiled what it called the industry’s first unified fuel-independent engine platforms, which feature components with common architectures among its core components and engine blocks.

During a virtual press conference held on February 14 to announce the new engine platforms, Srikanth Padmanabhan, President of Cummins Engine Business, said the core concept of the new platforms was that everything below the head gasket will be common components, while above the head gasket will be different components depending on the fuel type.

“Reaching zero is not a light switch event. The carbon emissions we release into the atmosphere today will have a lasting impact. This means that anything we can do to start reducing our carbon footprint today is a win for the planet. We must act now,” Padmanabhan said. “Having a variety of low-carbon options is especially important given the variation in duty cycles and operating environments across the many markets we serve. There is no single solution or “silver bullet” that will work for all types of applications or all end users.

Commonality of parts

The fuel-independent platform will be available on Cummins’ B-, L-, and X-series engine portfolios, which will be available for diesel, natural gas, and hydrogen. Additionally, Cummins says the B-Series will be available for gasoline, propane, and hydrogen fuels.

Each engine version will run on a different, unique fuel, but will be derived from a common base engine design. During the virtual announcement, Jonathon White, vice president of engineering, Engine Business, noted that fuel-independent platforms will feature up to 80% commonality.

“It’s a new way to design and develop low-emission internal combustion powertrains that meet the unique needs of the transportation industry while leveraging the benefits of advanced product architecture and a common footprint when possible,” White said. “This unique technology approach will allow end users to more transparently choose the right powertrain for their application with the lowest impact on CO2 emissions.”

Supporting the many pathways to zero emissions

Cummins explains that these fuel-independent platforms are designed and built on lessons learned from millions of diesel and natural gas engines manufactured and currently in use. Today’s digital and connected technologies enable Cummins to extract information specific to different engine duty cycles and leverage it to design reliable fuel-independent platforms.

“Our customers can be confident in Cummins’ unparalleled testing and evaluation process ensuring high performance products,” said White. “No matter what kind of work a fleet does, we’ll have an engine powered by low carbon fuels with diesel-like performance to get the job done.”

The introduction of these platforms will provide Cummins customers with options to start or progress on their path to zero emissions. The company says it will “continue to focus on innovative low-emission solutions alongside our zero-emissions technology.”

“Cummins is innovating at all levels of the business to find new ways of working that use fewer global resources and the Engines business is at the center of this exciting innovation,” said Padmanabhan. “We know that our planet cannot wait for the perfect solution to happen. Instead, our approach must be a combined effort to use zero-emission energy where it is available and cleaner energy where it is not. The planet cannot afford for us to take a break while we wait.

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