Cummins launches PowerDrive 8000, a new electric powertrain addressed to terminal tractors. The Columbus-based manufacturer will begin field tests in early 2022 with Kalmar, one of Cummins’ lead customers for this solution. Together, Cummins and Kalmar will offer battery electric terminal tractors globally. As a matter of fact, Cummins is engaged in several projects and is signing multiple agreements on hydrogen or electric mobility development. The US company also took part in the COP26, held last month in Glasgow.
Cummins PowerDrive 8000: technical insights
The PowerDrive 8000 is designed to better meet the necessary duty-cycle and power requirements for the distribution and port environments. The driveline can handle a variety of vehicle configurations and the system is equipped with compact, temperature-controlled batteries allowing the vehicles to operate in tough climate conditions around the world. The terminal tractors will be powered with up to 182 kWh of fast-charging Cummins batteries and will be equipped with DC-fast charge technology, enabling customers to use them in 24/7 operations.
«Cummins is thrilled to work with Kalmar to bring a zero-emissions solution to the terminal tractor market», said Amy Davis, President of New Power at Cummins. «After decades of serving this market, we understand the requirements for this application and have specifically designed a solution to serve our customers better».
«In line with our commitment to having a comprehensive electric product portfolio, we’re delighted to release our new Cummins-powered electric terminal tractor», added Gina Lopez, Vice President Terminal Tractors at Kalmar. «We selected Cummins because of our longstanding cooperation in providing world-class drivetrain platforms, their global reach and their proven electric solution suitable to meet our needs».