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October 22, 2017 12:00 PM, EDT

Cummins Expands Electric Technology With Brammo Purchase

Independent engine maker Cummins Inc. expanded its electric technology platform with the purchase of Brammo Inc., a developer of battery packs for electric energy storage for mobile and stationary applications.

Brammo will become part of Cummins’ Talent, Ore.-based Electrification Business that is led by Executive Director Julie Farber. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

Brammo began operating in 2002 as a motor sports and performance vehicle company, developing electric-powered racing motorcycles. The firm has grown to provide battery systems for utility and delivery vehicles and technology for aviation and lawn maintenance applications.

Cummins in August launched its Aero, an all-electric Class 7, two-axle concept truck that is initially intended as an urban delivery tractor.

Srikanth Padmanabhan, president of Cummins’ engine business, told Transport Topics at the event that the company is working on three electric powertrain options: battery-powered electric, a combination of electric with power-extenders supplied by Cummins’ partners and a hybrid electric system that included smaller diesels.