Isuzu and Cummins hook up on medium duty BEV

The Isuzu-Cummins powertrain partnership is starting to bear fruit with this medium-duty battery electric truck

Isuzu and Cummins hook up on medium duty BEV
Isuzu powered by a Cummins battery electric powerplant

Cummins Inc. and Isuzu Motors Limited have announced an agreement to create a prototype medium-duty, battery electric truck to demonstrate in North America.

The truck represents the first zero-emissions solution facilitated by the Isuzu Cummins Powertrain Partnership (ICPP) formed in May 2019.

The plan is that Cummins will integrate the Cummins PowerDrive6000 into Isuzu’s F-Series truck and will pilot the truck with prominent North American fleets beginning in 2022.

Following a successful demonstration and pilot phase, Isuzu will explore opportunities to commercialise medium-duty, battery-electric trucks with Cummins-powered systems across North America.

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"We are excited to be working with Isuzu to accelerate decarbonization within the partnership," says Amy Davis, VP and president of new power at Cummins.

"It’s through our joint commitment in innovation that we provide our customers with safe, reliable zero-emissions solutions," says Davis.

"As addressed in Isuzu Environmental Vision 2050, we will advance global environmental actions including reducing greenhouse emissions and securing a prosperous and sustainable society," says Koichi Seto, director of the board, and senior executive officer at Isuzu.

"As part of the path to carbon neutrality, it is significant for us to start this joint BEV prototype project in North America. Through our partnership, we commit to continuing to explore further opportunities in the next generation power source, including electric powertrain technologies in addition to the existing powertrain collaboration," says Seto.

While it may seem an odd tie up, the compaines both say they are 'committed to innovating and advancing the future of power to support customers in achieving zero-emissions.'  

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