Cummins unveiled its Next Generation Battery Electric System at Busworld Europe 2019, showcasing the company’s moves to develop new powertrain technology for the European bus market.
Cummins highlighted the new low-profile battery – designed for the European market, but available for use in other markets, which measures less than 140mm in height, in an 8.9m-long bus.
Cummins says the product will enable OEMs to meet European low floor requirements while maintaining a low centre of gravity and maximising utilisation of unoccupied space. To be offered as part of a broader modular platform, the new low-profile battery uses the new cell technology to deliver high energy density and packaging efficiency.
“The Next Generation Battery Electric System is an exciting glimpse of Cummins’ future product plan for electrified powertrains,” says Julie Furber, Cummins vice president of electrified power. “As electric vehicles gather momentum in the public transport sector, designing batteries with faster charging and a longer range will be a breakthrough technological shift – and doing so in a form that meets regulatory requirements and at a competitive price is a vital step for the industry.
“This system combines the reliability customers expect of Cummins with the efficiency of next generation electric drivetrains.”