Freightliner to use Cummins fuel cell systems on heavy trucks

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Cummins and Daimler Truck North America (DTNA) are collaborating to upfit and validate the latter’s Freightliner Cascadia trucks with a Cummins’ hydrogen fuel cell powertrain for use in North America. Freightliner will use Cummins’ fourth-generation fuel cell powertrain, which the manufacturer says provides improved power density, efficiency and durability.

“Cummins and Daimler Truck have a strong history of partnership, and this next step into fuel cell electric vehicles is an exciting development for zero-emissions transport,” said Amy Davis, VP and president of New Power at Cummins. “Hydrogen fuel cells are a promising solution for the demanding requirements of heavy-duty trucking. Our collaboration in this market is an important milestone for both companies as we work to accelerate the shift to a carbon-free economy.”

“CO2 -neutral commercial transportation must not only be technically feasible but also economically viable for our valued customers,” added Rakesh Aneja, VP and chief of e-mobility at DTNA. “Depending on the customer application and energy infrastructure considerations, hydrogen-powered vehicles can absolutely complement battery-powered electric vehicles in accelerating our carbon-neutral journey. We are pleased to expand our partnership with Cummins to include hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles in our future portfolio. We remain focused on serving our customers by providing them with a choice of propulsion technologies, ultimately resulting in solutions that best suit their business needs.”

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