As Cummins takes the lead in developing electrified power systems, India is likely to play a pivotal role
The regulatory landscape for automotive industry is changing globally
with countries, especially developed, incentivising adoption of electric vehicle. To stay
ahead of the curve, the US-headquartered engine specialist Cummins Inc, is
working on technologies for hybrid & electrified powertrain systems and other alternate fuels.
“Demand for greater carbon reductions and fuel efficiency will continue to be a significant factor in our technology planning. We are confident that diesel will continue to play a significant role in some of our markets for a long time. However, as we look to the future across our markets we see a trend away from diesel and we will continue to evolve. Our technical team continuously works on new emerging technologies,” said Jennifer Rumsey, VP and Chief Technical Officer, Cummins Inc, during her visit to Pune.
As Cummins gears up for this transformation from a diesel-engine manufacturer to provider of electrified power systems, India is expected to play a key role. Cummins Inc is setting up a R&D centre in Pune to cater to not just the Indian customers but also the global market. The centre, which will be the second largest R&D facility for the company outside the US, will involve investment of Rs 1000-1500 crores over a period of three years.
“India is one of the key markets for the company. Early next year, we will open an R&D centre in Pune. About 20% of our global technical workforce is based in India and is working on projects from across the world. The new centre will play an important role as Cummins gears up to develop next generation of engines that are more efficient, powerful, smaller and low on maintenance. Additionally, we see a significant opportunity to serve customers as they need to meet emissions regulations like BS IV and BS VI in India over the next few years,” explained Rumsey.
In India, Cummins operates through a group of seven legal entities, which are complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems. Collectively, the Group operates 21 manufacturing facilities across India. In 2016, Cummins Group in India recorded revenues of Rs 10,880 crores. The major end-user industries for Cummins products are heavy & medium duty trucks, construction, mining, compressors, marine, rail, pumps, compression, oil & gas, defence, commercial & consumer power generation.
Globally, Cummins, a leader in diesel and natural gas driven powertrains, is developing electrified power systems for its commercial and industrial markets. The company expects to have a full production unit – a Cummins electrified powertrain system in a customer vehicle by 2019 and range extended electric vehicle in 2020.
“We are not a diesel engine company. We are a powertrain company that provides power solutions to on and off-highway commercial and industrial customers.
About 20% of our global technical workforce is based in India and is working on projects from across the world. The new centre will play an important role as Cummins gears up to develop next generation of engines. ”
- Jennifer Rumsey,
VP and CTO, Cummins Inc