Werner adding Cummins engines
In the second half of this year Werner Enterprises will begin validation and integration of Cummins’ 15-liter natural gas and 15-liter hydrogen internal combustion engines in its heavy-duty trucks.
This collaboration will help Werner meet its “sustainability and operational targets while providing Cummins operational and performance data to help optimize our product offerings,’’ said Amy Boerger, Cummins’ vice president and general manager, in a press release.
“These collaborations allow us to refine and optimize our technologies to make the shift to zero-emissions commercial transportation solutions across diverse markets much more quickly.’’
The 15-liter natural gas engine, which was announced in October 2021, can be paired with a Cummins Eaton Automated Transmission Technologies Endurant HD Transmission and Cummins Fuel Delivery System.
“It ensures a fully integrated natural gas power train. Other transmission pairings will be available at launch for specialized applications,’’ according to Cummins.
The 15-liter engine will offer ratings up to 500 horsepower and 1,850-foot-pounds of torque, while not requiring selective catalytic reduction to meet 2024 California or Environmental Protection Agency emission standards, Cummins said.
“This will provide a potentially carbon-negative solution when powered with renewable natural gas,’’ the press release said.
Hydrogen engines offer original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and end-users the benefit of adaptability by continuing to use familiar mechanical drive-lines with vehicle and equipment integration.
“This mirrors current power trains while continuing to provide the power and capability for meeting application needs,’’ according to Cummins. “Additionally, the 15-liter h-ydrogen engine can use zero-carbon green hydrogen fuel, produced by Cummins-manufactured electrolyzers.’’
Derek Leathers, chairman and chief executive of Werner Enterprises, said: “The options Cummins is providing align with our longstanding focus on sustainability and reducing our carbon footprint. They understand the priority we place on using technology to minimize our impact on the environment. By being proactive now, we are ensuring a better future for everyone, and I look forward to this collaborative effort.’’