January 24, 2022 1:00 PM, EST

Cummins, Isuzu to Co-Develop Prototype BEV

Isuzu-Cummins conceptConcept rendering for battery electric demonstration truck with Isuzu base. (Isuzu)

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Cummins Inc. and Isuzu Motors announced an agreement to create a prototype medium-duty, battery-electric truck to demonstrate in North America.

This truck will represent the first zero-emission solution facilitated by the Isuzu Cummins Powertrain Partnership formed in May 2019.

Cummins will integrate its PowerDrive6000 into Isuzu’s F-Series truck and will pilot the truck with prominent North American fleets beginning in 2022, according to the Columbus-Ind.-based company.

“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,” Koichi Seto, director of the board and senior executive officer at Isuzu, said in a release.

Following a successful demonstration and pilot phase, Isuzu will explore opportunities to commercialize medium-duty, battery-electric trucks with Cummins-powered systems across North America.

Isuzu was the leader in Class 4 U.S. retail sales in 2021, with 11,619 of the total 28,428 sold in the period, according to Wards Intelligence. — Transport Topics

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