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Published on February 9th, 2018 | by James Ayre


Cummins Planning To Use India As Development Ground For Electric Powertrain Development

February 9th, 2018 by  

One of the largest engine manufacturers in the world, Cummins, will be establishing a new electric powertrain development team in India focused on solutions for so-called emerging markets, a company exec was recently quoted as saying.

The idea is reportedly for a team of engineers hired in India to modify the company’s existing electric powertrain tech so as to better meet the needs of customers in India and other similar markets.

This development team will be accompanied by the creation of a new testing facility in India as well, as revealed by Cummins’ executive director for electrification, Julie Furber, in an interview with Reuters at New Delhi’s recent auto show.

“There are unique challenges in India with the way vehicles are operated and the kind of traffic there is in cities. It will be a good learning base for us,” stated Furber. The exec then noted that tech developed to address these challenges would be useful in markets in Africa and elsewhere.

Reuters provides more:

“The move by Cummins comes when India has set an ambitious target to electrify all new vehicles in the country by 2030, and it wants to push the electrification drive through mass public transport like buses and taxis.

“Furber said once India develops regulations for electric vehicles and customers begin to adopt them, Cummins will start investing in setting up manufacturing in the country. The engine maker’s local unit said in September that commercial vehicle makers in India have asked it to look into electric mobility solutions.”

Altogether, Cummins is now reportedly planning to invest $500 million into the development of electric powertrain products over the next 3 years, seemingly showing that the company is now quite serious about the plug-in electric trucking market. 


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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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