Cummins announces MOU with India’s biggest truckmaker

Cummins Inc and Tata Motors have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on the design and development of low and zero-emission propulsion technology solutions for commercial vehicles in India.

The agreement with India’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturer will include hydrogen-powered internal combustion engines, fuel cells, and battery electric vehicle systems.

The MoU was signed in the presence of N Chandrasekaran, Executive Chairman, Tata Sons, and Tom Linebarger, Executive Chairman, Cummins Inc., on 14 November, at the Tata Sons Headquarters — Bombay House, in Mumbai, India.

Senior officials and dignitaries from Cummins India and Tata Motors were also present during the MoU signing ceremony.

Cummins’ B6.7H hydrogen engine is an all-new engine platform featuring cutting-edge technology to enhance power density, reduce friction losses and improve thermal efficiency.

It generates up to 290hp (216kW) and 1200Nm peak torque.

The B6.7H hydrogen engine is being derived from Cummins fuel-agnostic platform offering the benefit of a common-base architecture and low-to-zero carbon fuel capability.

Cummins zero-emission product portfolio also includes its fourth-generation hydrogen fuel cell engine.

Cummins battery portfolio includes both Lithium Iron Phosphate and Nickel Manganese Cobalt battery packs, each of which targets a different duty cycle and use case.

The shift to sustainable mobility is irreversible and Tata Motors, according to Chandrasekaran, is committed to be among the leaders of green mobility.

“We are taking definitive steps to drive this global megatrend forward in each of our businesses,” he said.

“Working with partners who share the same vision is essential for this transition and we are delighted to strengthen our long-standing relationship with Cummins for their next generation, hydrogen propulsion systems,” said Chandrasekaran.

“We are excited to indigenise the cutting-edge hydrogen technology to offer our customers an expanded portfolio of green and future ready commercial vehicles, accelerate the adoption of sustainable mobility in the country, and to contribute towards India’s ‘net zero’ carbon emission goals.”

Cummins Inc Executive Chairman Tom Linebarger said the company was well-positioned to help its customers successfully and seamlessly transition to economically viable decarbonised solutions.

“Cummins and Tata Motors have a strong history of partnership, and the next step into low and zero-emissions technologies is an exciting development for zero-emissions transportation,” he said.

“Our collaboration in India is an important milestone for Cummins and Tata as we work together to accelerate the shift to a carbon-free economy and a zero-emissions world. We strongly believe that this collaboration is a significant step forward to achieving India’s Green Hydrogen Mission. I am excited to enable powering a cleaner and greener India.”

In 1993, the two engineering companies came together to fulfil their goal of introducing best-in-class cleaner vehicle technology solutions to the Indian market — Tata Motors to deliver best-in-class mobility solutions in India and Cummins to power that vision through their products and services.

The partnership, driven by a shared ideology, common vision, and values, has grown from strength to strength over the last three decades.

Both parties believe the MoU further solidifies their association and is aligned with India’s vision of ‘Energy for Sustainable Growth’ and achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2070.

India will be one of the first markets to receive Cummins’ Hydrogen engines, an important technology to help drive decarbonisation.

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