Transport Enterprise Leasing (TEL), a truck and trailer equipment lease and remarketing provider, plans to purchase Cummins 15-liter hydrogen internal combustion engines when they are available. TEL has signed a letter of intent to purchase the hydrogen engines and integrate them into their fleet of heavy-duty trucks, according to a press release.
“Our customers are at the heart of our company. Providing them with the best-value trucks equipped with lower emissions power options will ensure that we are prioritizing their continued success and also reducing our environmental footprint,” said Doug Carmichael, TEL's CEO. “Cummins’ investment in multiple technologies minimizing emissions allows us to achieve both.”
The fuel agnostic platform, which includes the Hydrogen option in both the 15-liter and 6.7-liter displacements, is a response to customer interest about the potential of the platform, and Hydrogen in particular.
“We are pleased to see the leadership of customers like TEL, who are exploring solutions like our fuel agnostic platform to help their own customers. The future will include many solutions to help customers decarbonize that meet their varied needs and duty cycles, and we believe hydrogen internal combustion engines will play an important role,” said Amy Boerger, VP and general manager North America, Cummins Engine Business.
Hydrogen engines offer OEMs and end-users the benefit of adaptability by continuing to use familiar mechanical drivelines with vehicle and equipment integration. This mirrors current powertrains while continuing to provide the power and capability for meeting application needs. Significant reuse of parts and components from Cummins’ existing platforms drives scale advantages on cost and is also projected to deliver reliability and durability equal to diesel, according to the press release.
“We believe this technology is not only essential for the future of our planet but also for our customers to have access to options that work for them,” said Jim Nebergall, general manager, Cummins Hydrogen Engine Business. “Internal combustion engines that run on Hydrogen will provide customers a financially feasible and familiar power option.”
Hydrogen engines can use zero-carbon green hydrogen fuel, produced by Cummins-manufactured electrolyzers. The projected investment in renewable hydrogen production globally will provide a growing opportunity for the deployment of hydrogen-powered fleets utilizing either Cummins fuel cell or engine power.
Cummins Inc. will showcase its decarbonization technology at IAA Transportation in Hannover, Germany, this September. Cummins will display both medium- and heavy-duty hydrogen products, highlighting the technology’s ability to support decarbonization across multiple duty cycles.