Cummins will open new powertrain test facility in Darlington, UK. The Columbus-based company is engaged in accelerating the move towards cleaner, next generation power technologies focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving air quality. Total investment will reach £14 millions (about €16.7 millions). The new facility is expected to open for operations by May 2023.
New Cummins test facility also thought for heavy-duty trucks
The facility is designed to be fuel-agnostic and will enable Cummins to develop and test a wider range of power technologies, including the latest universal engine platforms with variants able to operate on green hydrogen, renewable natural gas, or sustainable diesel. Installation and testing capability will also extend to hydrogen fuel cell and battery electric powertrains. Highly advanced dynamometers will be able to test not only powertrains, but also chassis-installed powertrains and vehicles, extending in size from a compact SUV to heavy-trucks over 44-tons or a double-deck bus. Off-road equipment, including construction machines and agricultural tractors, will also be able to be dyno-tested.
The Cummins Darlington campus co-locates manufacturing, technical, testing and business services on a single site with around 1,500 employees. The establishment of the new Powertrain Test Facility will provide opportunities to upskill current employees as well as recruitment and training of new employees.
«An important element in Cummins Destination Zero strategy»
«We are very excited to announce this significant investment in the new Powertrain Test Facility at Darlington, which will be an important element in Cummins Destination Zero strategy to deliver a broad portfolio of power solutions to meet the world’s sustainability challenges», said Jonathan Atkinson, Executive Director of Cummins On-highway Business in Europe. «The new facility will further enhance the ability of Cummins European Technical Operations to introduce low-to-zero carbon power solutions and meet the forthcoming Euro VII very low emission regulations, likely to take effect around 2025».
Tees Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen, added: «It’s brilliant news that Cummins is set to invest £14 million into their Darlington plant to build a new Powertain Test Facility. Teesside’s leading position as ground zero for net zero means there is no better place to develop the cleaner, healthier, and safer technologies of the future».