Cummins Inc., headquartered in Columbus, Indiana, USA, has announced plans to invest more than $1 billion across its US engine manufacturing network in Indiana, North Carolina and New York. The investment will provide upgrades to those facilities to support the industry’s first fuel agnostic engine platforms that will run on low carbon fuels, including natural gas, diesel and eventually hydrogen.
Over half of all medium- and heavy-duty trucks on the road in the US today reportedly use Cummins engines. The company explained that this investment is intended to retain the thousands of current engineering and manufacturing jobs, and support the creation of hundreds of new jobs, across the company’s New York, North Carolina and Indiana footprint in an effort to grow innovation and manufacturing, and accelerate its decarbonisation efforts.
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The announcement stated that Cummins plans to invest $452 million in its Jamestown Engine Plant in Western New York to produce the industry’s first fuel-agnostic internal combustion engine platform that leverages a range of lower carbon fuel types. The X15N is part of the new fuel-agnostic 15 litre engine platform produced at Jamestown.
Cummins customers, including Walmart, Werner, Matheson, and National Ready Mix, among others, are beginning to test the very first engines of the X15N fuel agnostic platform. Walmart will receive the first field test unit later this month to take part in the first trials of this engine platform running on renewable natural gas.