Cummins is famous for building diesel engines; however, the U.S. business is looking to make sure it doesn’t get left behind on electric powertrains.
We’ve reported previously on Cummins attempts to get at the forefront of EV powertrain development, now comes another big step for the manufacturer.
Cummins has just confirmed that it has handed over a sizable cheque to purchase a Silicon Valley-based company known for producing hybrid and electric power solutions for the commercial market.
Tom Linebarger, chairman and chief executive officer of Cummins, saying the purchase of Efficient Drivetrains Inc. (EDI) will help the business achieve its electric aspirations.
“As power needs and technologies continue to evolve, Cummins remains committed to innovations that will deliver the right power solutions for the right applications at the right time to help our customers’ succeed,”
“This acquisition will combine EDI’s talented workforce and electrification capabilities with Cummins’ expertise in developing and manufacturing the technologies that power the world.”
The confirmation of the purchase comes amid predictions of a rapid escalation in the use of electric propulsion in heavy vehicle applications in coming years.
EDI offers fully-electric and hybrid powertrains and chairman and CEO, Joerg Ferchau tells us they’re looking forward to working with the renowned powertrain manufacturer.
“EDI’s advanced portfolio of plug-in-hybrid and full electric technologies paired with Cummins’ industry leadership and focus on innovation will allow us to deliver best-in-class products, service and support worldwide,”
“Vehicle OEMs and fleets evaluating new electric and hybrid technologies prefer to work with well-established companies that have the depth and resources to provide the support that’s needed to scale into high volume mass production.”
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