Cummins to reveal electrified power technology for transit bus at APTA 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ind.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 6, 2017– Cummins will reveal electrified power technology for transit bus applications at the APTA public transportation show opening in Atlanta on October 9.

Cummins will display a new powertrain, configurable for either a full battery electric vehicle (BEV) or a range extended electric vehicle (REEV) incorporating a compact engine-generator. Cummins electrified power systems are ideally suited for integration into transit, shuttle and commuter buses enabling direct drive-by-wire continuous acceleration. With the bus operating in battery-only mode, the system achieves zero emissions at the point of use.

Enhanced energy storage for both the BEV and REEV systems is achieved using Cummins’ high-density battery enclosure, which are compact and modular allowing for both on-roof and chassis integration. Cummins’ unique design fits into existing bus designs.

Cummins’ proprietary control technology enables the zero-emissions bus range to be extended by optimally managing subsystems, allowing the charge of the battery to be extended. Operational flexibility is also improved with fast recharge capability using a plug-in connection, as well as options for en-route charging when a pantograph or charge plate infrastructure is available.

“The introduction of our new BEV and REEV systems will complement Cummins’ clean-diesel, near-zero natural gas and diesel-hybrid products to offer the broadest, most energy-diverse power portfolio in the bus industry. We are able to meet the needs of every transit route, every duty cycle and every emissions standard in the most cost-effective manner,” said Julie Furber, Executive Director, Electrification Business, Cummins Inc.

The standard-size Cummins battery enclosure provides a 70-kWh storage capability with up to 8 enclosure units (560 kWh) suited for installation within the BEV bus. This enables a zero-emissions range of up to 224 miles on a single charge, with an energy consumption of 25 miles per gallon diesel, which provides significant cost reductions.

Cummins REEV system has a battery pack of three enclosures (210 kWh) which can provide a zero-emissions range of up to 84 miles — a significant advantage over current hybrid bus capability. When the battery pack depletes to a low state-of-charge, the REEV system brings online a 150-kW (201-hp) engine-generator to recharge the batteries and continue operations with ultra-low emissions capability.

Compared to the standard diesel-powered bus, the REEV 4.5-liter engine is downsized by about 50 percent in terms of displacement and can achieve up to 10 miles per gallon, significantly lowering the carbon footprint. A power assist function is available from the battery pack whenever the system needs additional energy.

The REEV system’s ability to switch between shorter-range battery-only mode and extended-range generator mode allows transit authorities to geofence specific downtown areas by utilizing Cummins over-the-air connected technology. The REEV system also enables buses to travel significant distances beyond the city charging infrastructure.

“A key focus in the design of both our BEV and REEV systems ensures the electrified architecture is modular and adaptable to enable an easier technology transition for bus manufacturers,” said Brian Wilson, Cummins General Manager — Global Bus Business. “This allows transit authorities to continue using the same preferred bus models and retain fleet commonality.”

“The new systems will be expertly serviced and supported by Cummins’ distribution network the same way we currently provide 24/7 support for our diesel-, hybrid- and natural-gas-powered fleets. This is an important factor for transit authorities, because as they adopt new technologies they can count on Cummins to help with a transition to BEV and REEV technology,” added Wilson.

Energy Efficiency

The BEV and REEV systems incorporate the same traction motor and power electronics to deliver a continuous torque output of 1850 N•m (1365 pound-foot), eliminating the need for gear shifting and dramatically reducing powertrain noise. When the vehicle requires additional tractive power during rapid acceleration or while climbing gradients, the system can deliver an instant peak torque boost of up to 3400 N•m (2508 pound-foot) for a short period.

Both systems provide a continuous electrical output of 225 kW (302 horspower), increasing to a peak output of 350 kW (469 horsepower) when it senses the need for a power boost. The high-voltage system operates at a nominal 660V when battery state-of-charge is around 50 percent.

Battery energy storage levels are boosted on-route by accepting “free” energy recovered through regenerative braking. On a frequent stop/start bus duty cycle, this could contribute the equivalent of 20 percent to the total state-of-charge.

Electrical energy is also exportable from the Cummins system to all electric-powered accessories featured on the bus, such as e-power steering, e-HVAC, e-air compressors and e-cooling fans, adding up to a typical 25-kW (33-horsepower) load at any one time. The electrical supply from the Cummins system can be both low-voltage DC and high-voltage AC, helping to simplify the installation and lower the cost of the e-accessories package.

The same electronic control module used on the popular L9, L9N and B6.7 bus engines is adapted for use as the BEV and REEV system controller, offering familiar diagnostics and the connectivity that bus operators experience today.

About Cummins Inc.

Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service diesel and natural gas engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana (USA), Cummins currently employs approximately 55,400 people worldwide, and serves customers in approximately 190 countries and territories through a network of approximately 600 company-owned and independent distributor locations and approximately 7,400 dealer locations. Cummins earned $1.39 billion on sales of $17.5 billion in 2016.

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Cummins Inc launches parts.cummins.com , an online parts catalog

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COLUMBUS, Ind.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 6, 2017– Cummins Inc. (NYSE:CMI) today announced the launch of parts.cummins.com, an innovative approach to its online parts catalog. The new site allows users to search for parts information using any serial or part number available on their Cummins engine or component including Holset® turbochargers, Onan generators, aftertreatment solutions and Fleetguard® filtration solutions. Customers no longer need to visit multiple sites to research Cummins associated parts.

“Never before have you seen a consolidated open access parts catalog like this from Cummins. Parts.cummins.com was built to empower our customer’s success by finding the right part the first time, every time,” said Mike Champlin, Director of Aftermarket Information Management for Cummins.

Parts.cummins.com has been designed with Cummins customers in mind. Customers now have the ability to quickly identify the correct parts and create a pick list that they can share with any Cummins distribution partner, who can then accurately quote and fulfill their order through the Cummins global network of central warehouses and regional distribution centers. By providing customers the ability to accurately identify parts and having stock of those parts closer to the point of use; Cummins is helping get customers back to work as fast as possible.

Parts.cummins.com offers unique part details including engine system, sub-system, and individual part graphics. Part detail pages will also include part dimensions, alternative part options including supersessions, and applicable part related kits to ensure customers get all the parts they need the first time. Additionally, parts.cummins.com is mobile device ready for a responsive experience and easy navigation. The site is available globally at no charge and with no registration required.

In the coming months, additional features will be released including language translations and the capability to search by unique part attributes like dimension, saleability, voltage, flywheel rotation, thread pitch and more.

About Cummins

Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service diesel and natural gas engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana, (USA) Cummins currently employs approximately 55,400 people worldwide and serves customers in approximately 190 countries and territories through a network of approximately 600 company-owned and independent distributor locations and approximately 7,400 dealer locations. Cummins earned $1.39 billion on sales of $17.5 billion in 2016

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Meritor Announces Acquisition of Product Portfolio and Technologies of Fabco Holdings, Inc. — Press Releases: allnewsitems

Item Date: 9/5/2017 Date: Sep 05 2017 Body: Expands Portfolio for Specialty, Defense and Off-Highway Customers Globally TROY, Mich. – (Sept. 5, 2017) – Meritor, Inc. (NYSE: MTOR) today announced that it has acquired the product portfolio and related technologies of Fabco Holdings, Inc. (“Fabco”) and its subsidiaries. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.…

via Meritor Announces Acquisition of Product Portfolio and Technologies of Fabco Holdings, Inc. — Press Releases: allnewsitems

Donfeng partnered with Knorr-Bremse to develop AMT’s for its trucks

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Dongfeng Motor Group Corporation Ltd., one of the world’s biggest truck manufacturers, is partnering with Knorr-Bremse to develop the automated manual transmission for its new generation of heavy-duty trucks.

This decision will see the two companies prepare the way for automated manual transmissions to continue their triumphant advance in China, the world’s biggest commercial vehicle market. “In Europe, automated manual transmissions have become widely established. They boost active safety by easing the load on the driver, cut fuel consumption by applying an optimized gear shift strategy and reduce clutch wear,” says Dr. Peter Laier, Member of the Executive Board of Knorr-Bremse responsible for the Commercial Vehicle Systems division. “In our joint venture with Dongfeng Motor Group we are optimizing our transmission management system to meet the specific requirements of the Chinese market. This puts us in an excellent position to help automated manual transmissions finally achieve a breakthrough in China.”

The transmission management system developed by Knorr-Bremse consists of an electropneumatic gear control unit and clutch actuator, a wide variety of sensors that gather the necessary status data, and an electronic control unit that contributes the gear shift strategy. The complete system is to be produced at the joint venture’s own facility in Shiyan, China. “A vast amount of know-how and expertise goes into developing the transmission management system for a certain type of vehicle,” explains Thorsten Seehars, Member of the Management Board of Knorr-Bremse Commercial Vehicle Systems responsible for the Powertrain unit.

Bao Ping Xu, Managing Director of Knorr-Bremse Commercial Vehicles Systems Shanghai and Member of the Board of Directors of Knorr-Bremse Asia-Pacific Holding, adds: “Integrating the system into the vehicle-specific environment and adapting it to the respective transmission requires a high degree of coordination within the international development team.” Along with developing the individual mechatronic modules, another key part of the project is creating the software. The aim here is to always use the ideal gear to keep the engine running in its most efficient operating range for as long as possible and to shift between gears as fast as possible. The shorter the gear shift time, the shorter the interruption of the tractive force and the resulting loss of momentum. Taken together, these two factors make for extremely economical vehicle operation.

Knorr-Bremse DETC Commercial Vehicle Braking Technology, the joint venture between Knorr-Bremse and Dongfeng Motor Group, was founded in 2015. Initially it focused on manufacturing mechanical components such as brake valves and ABS systems, but the range of products it manufactures in China is steadily being expanded to include components for air management and brake control, as well as transmission systems.

At the end of fiscal 2016, the Dongfeng Group had 149,092 employees. In the same year it produced more than three million vehicles, including 369,100 commercial vehicles.

Dongfeng Electronic & Technology Co., Ltd. (DETC) is a subsidiary of Dongfeng Motor Group Co., Ltd. (DFG) and is listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange. DETC owns subsidiaries with sites in Shanghai, Hubei and Guangdong. DFG holds 55 percent of the shares in Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle (DFCV), a joint venture with Volvo that is one of China’s leading manufacturers of medium and heavy-duty commercial vehicles.

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Tata Motors announces new brand identity “Connecting Aspirations”

After the company embarked on a transformation journey during last year, a comprehensive project on ‘Corporate Branding’ was launched with the support of an external agency. The team undertook a thorough analysis of the existing and the desired future state of the company, gathered a lot of market intelligence and captured the much-required organizational voice, to establish a common theme underlying within the company’s existence.

A detailed review of the recommendations put up to the Tata Motors Executive Committee led to the conclusion and the careful selection of the Brand promise – ‘Connecting Aspirations’.

‘Connecting Aspirations’ represents the personality of the brand as an interconnected system of mobility solutions that are intelligent, perceptive, warm and expressive. It’s a symbolic tagline that is the past, present and future, it’s humble and bold, it’s a statement and challenge.

Easy to communicate and creating a strong resonance with every stakeholder, it is an apt expression to the Tata Motors brand. It is much larger and wider in terms of intent and interpretation – directed towards building the nation, developing smart cities, supporting and implementing government initiatives and delivering new technologies. With passion and expressive intelligence as a design principle, it is in sync with the company’s brand proposition of providing exciting and unique forms of self-expression, where every element of the vehicle represents a unique aspect of consumer’s individuality.

Today, the modern age consumers seek specific forms of self-expression through technology, experiences and the ecosystems they inhabit. It is our endeavor now to translate the form and intent of the new Brand promise into implementation – visible and emotional.

Driven by passion and imagination, Tata Motors has introduced enriching offerings in line with customer aspirations and continues to stand strong as a symbol of innovation and disruption for its customers. The acquisition of every Tata Motors vehicle, regardless of segment, marks an important milestone in the realization of a bigger, much-coveted aspiration or dream.

From manufacturing products to presenting experiences and solutions, Tata Motors has always been an enabling force in the Indian automotive industry. Representing the company’s commitment to take personalization to the next level, ‘Connecting Aspirations’ defines Tata Motors as a brand that intuitively understands people and imagines mobility in all its forms.

About Tata Motors

Tata Motors Limited, a USD 42 billion organisation, is a leading global automobile manufacturer of cars, utility vehicles, buses, trucks and defence vehicles. As India’s largest automobile company and part of the USD 100 billion Tata group, Tata Motors has operations in the UK, South Korea, Thailand, South Africa, and Indonesia through a strong global network of 76 subsidiary and associate companies, including Jaguar Land Rover in the UK and Tata Daewoo in South Korea. In India, Tata Motors has an industrial joint venture with Fiat. Engaged in engineering and automotive solutions, with a focus on future-readiness and a pipeline of tech-enabled products, Tata Motors is India’s market leader in commercial vehicles and among the top in passenger vehicles with 9 million vehicles on Indian roads. The company’s innovation efforts are focused on developing auto technologies that are sustainable as well as suited. With design and R&D centres located in India, the UK, Italy and Korea, Tata Motors strives to pioneer new products that fire the imagination of GenNext customers. Abroad, Tata cars, buses, and trucks are being marketed in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, South America, Australia, CIS, and Russia.

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San Joaquin regional transit district opens first 100% electric, zero-emissions bus rapid transit route in the U.S.

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Stockton, California – San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) will convert its existing Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Express Route 44 to 100 percent battery-electric, zero-emissions buses in August.  That BRT route will be the first in the U.S. to feature all-electric bus service.   The BRT buses were designed and built by California-based Proterra, a leading innovator in heavy-duty battery-electric transportation.

At the time of the conversion, Route 44 will be extended to serve passengers from the Downtown Transit Center (DTC) in Central Stockton to as far south as Qantas Lane near Arch-Airport Road.  The change will enable people who work or study at locations such as PG&E, Dorfman Pacific, Venture Academy, San Joaquin County Office of Education, and the Economic Development Department Qantas Lane office, to commute rapidly and economically.

“We at RTD are proud of our history of commitment to clean energy initiatives,” said Donna DeMartino, RTD’s CEO.  “With the nation’s first all-electric BRT route, RTD and Stockton are now leading the charge in providing safe, efficient, reliable, and exceptionally clean transportation to people who live and work in south Stockton.”

The benefits of using electric buses include:

  • Cleaner air
  • Quieter operation
  • Reduced maintenance cost

Electric buses can travel up to 40 miles or 2 hours on a charge.  The RTD charging stations take about 10 minutes to completely recharge a bus.

The price of each bus is approximately $850,000.  RTD received grant funding to cover the cost of the new electric buses.

RTD will launch a second all-electric BRT route in January 2018 along the MLK corridor in South Stockton.  That route will connect with RTD’s existing three BRT corridors.

BRT routes move passengers to desired destinations faster than other types of bus routes.

In further support of RTD’s commitment to its clean air initiatives, RTD’s Board of Directors passed an official resolution to declare its intent to convert to 100 percent electric, zero emission buses for all routes serving the City of Stockton by 2025.

About San Joaquin Regional Transit District:
RTD’s mission is to provide a safe, reliable, and efficient transportation system for the region.

About Proterra:
Proterra is a leader in the design and manufacture of zero-emission heavy-duty vehicles, enabling bus fleet operators to significantly reduce operating costs while delivering clean, quiet transportation to local communities across the United States. With more than 400 vehicles sold to 41 different municipal, university, airport and commercial transit agencies in 20 states, Proterra is committed to providing state of the art, high-performance vehicles to meet today’s growing market demand. The company’s configurable Catalyst platform is capable of serving the full daily mileage needs of the toughest transit routes on a single charge. With unmatched durability and energy efficiency based on rigorous U.S. certification testing, Proterra products are proudly designed, engineered and manufactured in America, with offices in Silicon Valley, South Carolina, and Los Angeles.

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BorgWarner introduces 4 new EGR coolers for commercial vehicle applications

  • Four new designs cover a wide range of engine sizes
  • Enhance coolant distribution and provide high robustness against thermal fatigue
  • Help commercial vehicles with natural gas engines meet emissions regulations

Auburn Hills, Michigan, August 1, 2017 – To support commercial vehicle manufacturers in meeting current and future emissions regulations, BorgWarner has developed an economical new series of multi-platform exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) coolers featuring a compact floating core. Unlike conventional solutions which must be specifically designed for each application, the company’s modular cooler family includes four highly adaptable standard designs for maximum flexibility covering a wide range of engine sizes from 2.0- to 16.0-liter displacement. The new EGR solution offers high robustness against thermal fatigue and enhanced coolant distribution for durable performance even with minimum coolant flow, while reducing NOX emissions.

“With lower production volumes and high durability requirements, the commercial vehicle segment needs an EGR solution that provides outstanding performance and reduces complexity at the same time,” said Joe Fadool, President and General Manager, BorgWarner Emissions & Thermal Systems. “Offering high flexibility and durability, our newly developed EGR coolers have already piqued the interest of several manufacturers that see the potential for a cost-effective solution to help meet increasingly stringent emissions regulations.”

Featuring hybrid tube heat transfer technology and a floating inner core, BorgWarner’s EGR coolers are designed to resist high levels of thermal load. In addition, the system provides enhanced coolant distribution, which enables durable performance even with minimum coolant flow. BorgWarner integrated a thermomechanical damper into the design to facilitate complete decoupling of the shell and inner core components to absorb longitudinal and angular differences for improved durability. The damper also provides some initial extra cooling for the inlet gas to reduce thermal shock and allows better gas distribution to the tubes to resist thermal fatigue. In addition, cooling the damper and inlet gas box reduces the overall temperatures achieved, which in turn significantly lowers thermal stress. When the system is operated at an exhaust gas temperature of 1,562°F (850°C), the inlet gas box temperature is kept below 392°F (200°C), compared to more than 1,292°F (700°C) without cooling. The advanced design also minimizes the effect of the engine transients over the EGR cooler’s durability. The four new coolers allow the standardization of most of the components from one application to another, with the exception of the housing and the mounting fixtures, resulting in maximum adaptability for robust, tailor-made solutions and high cost-efficiency.

Via: BorgWarner Press Release