R&D for Cleaner, More Fuel Efficient Vehicles

By January 12, 2010General

Cummins hosted Secretary of Energy Steven Chu in Colombus, Ind., Monday as the Obama Administration announced nine project awards totaling more than $187 million to improve fuel efficiency for heavy-duty trucks and passenger vehicles.

From left: Sen. Evan Bayh, Cummins Chief Technical Officer John Wall, Secretary Chu, Rep. Baron Hill As the company’s news release explains, Cummins will receive nearly $39 million to support systems level technology development, integration, and demonstration for highly efficient Class 8 trucks (SuperTruck). Another $15 million will support advanced technology powertrains for light-duty vehicles (ATP-LD).

Cummins will partner with Peterbilt Motors Company, a division of PACCAR, for its SuperTruck project. The Cummins project will develop and demonstrate a highly efficient and clean diesel engine, an advanced waste heat recovery system, an aerodynamic Peterbilt tractor and trailer combination, and a fuel cell auxiliary power unit to reduce engine idling.

“Cummins has long enjoyed a collaborative partnership with the DOE. These R&D programs have helped us develop the best products for our customers and the environment,” said Cummins President and Chief Operating Officer Tom Linebarger. “We appreciate the funding provided by the DOE for the Cummins SuperTruck and Light-Duty programs, which will create jobs, help address climate change and reduce oil consumption. This public-private partnership is a win for our economy, a win for the environment and a win for energy challenges. We are looking forward to working closely with Peterbilt on this important technology project.”

Emphasize that partnership angle. The Department of Energy notes that with a private cost share of 50 percent, the awards will support nearly $375 million in total research, development and demonstration projects nationally. Secretary Chu said:

Improving the efficiency of our vehicles is critical to reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil and addressing climate change. Today’s awards will help demonstrate the potential benefits for long-haul trucks and passenger vehicles and will play an important role in building a more sustainable transportation system for the country.

Other funding recipients announced Monday were Daimler Trucks North America, Navistar Inc., Chrysler Group, Delphi Automotive Systems, Ford Motor Company, General Motors. So you can see why it was big news at the Detroit Auto Show, too. See Detroit News,US grants Detroit 3, suppliers millions for fuel savings, jobs”


(Caption: From left: Sen. Evan Bayh, Cummins Chief Technical Officer John Wall, Secretary Chu, Rep. Baron Hill. Photo courtesy Cummins.)

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