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Cummins and Tata to collaborate on hydrogen engines, fuel cells and BEVs

Cummins and Tata Motors signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on the design and development of low- and zero-emission propulsion technology solutions for commercial vehicles in India, including hydrogen-powered internal combustion engines (H2ICE), fuel cells (FC), and battery electric vehicle (BEV) systems.

The shift to sustainable mobility is irreversible and Tata Motors is committed to be amongst the leaders of green mobility. We are taking definitive steps to drive this global megatrend forward in each of our businesses. Working with partners who share the same vision is essential for this transition and we are delighted to strengthen our long-standing relationship with Cummins for their next generation, hydrogen propulsion systems. We are excited to indigenize the cutting-edge hydrogen technology to offer our customers an expanded portfolio of green and future ready commercial vehicles, accelerate the adoption of sustainable mobility in the country, and to contribute towards India’s ‘net zero’ carbon emission goals.

—N Chandrasekaran, Executive Chairman, Tata Sons and Chairman, Tata Motors

In 1993, the two engineering companies came together to fulfill their goal of introducing best-in-class cleaner vehicle technology solutions to the Indian market—Tata Motors to deliver best-in-class mobility solutions in India and Cummins to power that vision through their products and services. This partnership has grown over the last three decades.

The MoU further solidifies their association and is aligned with India’s vision of ‘Energy for Sustainable Growth’ and achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2070. India will be one of the first markets to receive Cummins’ Hydrogen engines, an important technology to help drive decarbonization.

Cummins B6.7H hydrogen engine with up to 290 hp (216 kW) output and 1200 N·m peak torque is an all-new engine platform featuring technology to enhance power density, reduce friction losses and improve thermal efficiency. As a result, performance is transparent and compatible with the same transmissions, drivelines, and cooling packages. The B6.7H hydrogen engine is being derived from Cummins fuel-agnostic platform offering the benefit of a common-base architecture and low-to-zero carbon fuel capability.

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Cummins B6.7H hydrogen engine

Cummins zero-emission product portfolio also includes its fourth-generation hydrogen fuel cell engine. Designed to meet the duty-cycle, performance and packaging requirements of medium and heavy-duty trucks and buses, the fuel cell technology is available in 135 kW single- and 270-kW dual modules. The systems have strong operating cycle efficiency and durability for a lower total cost of ownership.

Cummins battery portfolio includes both lithium iron phosphate (LFP) and nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) battery packs, each of which targets a different duty cycle and use case.



Apparently, neither Cummins nor Tata have noticed that time for ICEs - no matter what they are fueled with - has run out. They're about 50 years behind the market.

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