Cummins and Isuzu Motors Limited have announced an agreement to create a prototype medium-duty, battery electric truck.
The truck, which will be developed for North America, represents the first zero-emissions solution facilitated by the Isuzu Cummins Powertrain Partnership (ICPP) formed in May 2019.
Through this arrangement, Cummins will integrate the Cummins PowerDrive6000 into Isuzu’s F-Series truck and will pilot the truck with prominent North American fleets beginning in 2022.
Following a successful demonstration and pilot phase, Isuzu will explore opportunities to commercialise medium-duty, battery-electric trucks with Cummins-powered systems across North America.
“As addressed in Isuzu Environmental Vision 2050, we will advance global environmental actions including reducing greenhouse emissions and securing a prosperous and sustainable society,” said Koichi Seto, Director of the Board, and Senior Executive Officer at Isuzu.
“As part of the path to carbon neutrality, it is significant for us to start this joint BEV prototype project in North America. Through our partnership, we commit to continuing to explore further opportunities in the next generation power source, including electric powertrain technologies in addition to the existing powertrain collaboration,” he said.
The joint commitment to innovation with Isuzu would provide Cummins customers with safe and reliable zero emissions solutions according to Cummins Vice President and President New Power, Amy Davis.
“We are excited to be working with Isuzu to accelerate decarbonisation within the partnership,” she said.
Cummins and Isuzu continue to innovate and advance the future of power to support customers in achieving zero-emissions.
Benefiting from each other’s unique strengths, the companies will seek opportunities to further expand collaborations to drive global growth.