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January 11, 2007 8:30 AM, EST

ArvinMeritor to Develop Diesel-Electric Drivetrain for Wal-Mart

International, Cummins Also Involved in Project
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Trucking component maker ArvinMeritor and Wal-Mart Transportation have agreed to develop a dual-mode, diesel-electric drivetrain for a Class 8 tractor, the two said.The vehicle, which the two said they believe to be the first dual-mode diesel-electric tractor prototype in development in North America, will be based on an International Class 8 ProStar tractor and be powered by an engine developed by Cummins Inc.The project “is a is a major step in our continuing work in alternative drivetrain development - both for power transmission and emissions, and holds tremendous promise for the worldwide heavy-duty trucking market in a number of important environmental and economic ways,” said Carsten Reinhardt, president of ArvinMeritor’s commercial vehicle systems unit.ArvinMeritor will provide the tandem axle, regenerative braking system, air disc brakes and advanced braking with integrated stability control and driver assistance systems software, electronic controls, transfer case, motors, and battery power from a third party.Wal-Mart Stores is ranked No. 2 on the Transport Topics 100 listing of North American private carriers.