This week, alternative power for trucks is on the agenda with Electric Power For Cummins, Fuel Cells and Hybrid Vans in Diesel News.
A Belgian hydrogen technology company has won a European Union grant to develop a new extended range fuel cell truck. The H2Share Project will see a 27-tonne electric, fuel cell-extended range, rigid truck going into service, with the chassis and body provided by Dutch manufacturer VDL.
The truck will be developed alongside its own mobile refuelling system, which is being coordinated by German technology firm Wystrach. The truck will be put on trial in six locations across Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and France. The aim is to demonstrate the long-term viability of hydrogen fuel cells for long distances, as well as urban applications, with a view to creating a technology roadmap for the rollout of a proper hydrogen fuel cell refuelling network for road transport in northern Europe. Read more
The ongoing Cummins Eaton collaboration comes to the fore with the new Cummins X15 in developing a more fuel-efficient powertrain package. The two companies claim to have best-in-class engine-transmission integration in the heavy-duty truck market, a claim emphasising just how important integration has become to providing a more fuel efficient, reliable and robust powertrain package.
Importantly, a lot of engineering work has been done locally by Cummins and Eaton to ensure the integration delivers engine and transmission performance suited to Australian and New Zealand operating conditions.
The X15 features ADEPT (Advanced Dynamic Efficient Powertrain Technology), a suite of electronic engine features capable of improving fuel economy by up to six per cent, according to Cummins. ADEPT is designed to work specifically with Eaton’s UltraShift Plus 18-speed automated manual transmission to make powertrain control decisions in real time. Read more
After their launch in the US, there will be new Cummins engines coming to Australia in 2017. Cummins has announced it will release the X15 Euro 5 in 2017. This is an evolutionary development of the 15-litre ISXe5.
“The X15 uses the same hardware and emissions reduction technology, SCR, as the existing ISXe5, and incorporates all the product improvements since the ISXe5 release in 2012, including power cylinder, cylinder head and turbocharger upgrades,” said Andrew Penca, Managing Director Cummins South Pacific. “The X15 features ADEPT technology, a suite of advanced electronic features capable of delivering fuel economy gains through improved powertrain integration.
QuickServe from Cummins is a key focus of Cummins and at the engine maker’s Carole Park, Brisbane facility, this starts when the truck rolls in the driveway. It’s the driver’s first port of call, where the truck is checked over by a technician who diagnoses the problem and reports back to the truck owner within the hour. This way the owner knows, upfront, the diagnosis and time line of the repair and can reschedule workloads accordingly. Read more
Developing effective skills training in the workforce, in any workshop, is vital to the industry, it’s a matter of getting the right people to ensure the right quality of technician to handle the task of maintaining the fleets in Australia. During a visit to the Cummins Workshop at Carole Park in Brisbane, Diesel had the opportunity to speak with both the branch manager, Sean Hill and service manager, Keith Millington.
Sean was appointed to the role of branch manager in February this year and has accrued a wealth of experience within Cummins South Pacific. Starting as an apprentice technician at a Brisbane based Cummins dealer in early ’87, Sean completed his apprenticeship and spent a further four years there before heading west to spend six years working at Cummins’ Kalgoorlie operations. Read more
From the outside, looking at Cummins’ system, it appears the engines stand on their own. In fact, it is the way the engine is supported which has enabled the company to hold on to market share in the face of a series of technical issues. Read more
The Australian Trucking Association is asking workshops to appreciate their young workers and nominate an apprentice to receive a scholarship. Cummins South Pacific is now looking for young service technicians from Australian workshops to receive one of three scholarships to attend the 2016 Paccar & Dealer TMC in Melbourne on October 24-26. Read more
In the US, new engines from Cummins have been unveiled. The new engine classifications for the US market are designed to meet the next set of US EPA emission control rules, due to come into force in 2017. The new rules put their emphasis on lower carbon emissions.
The new engines also come with a new naming scheme, they are the X15 Performance Series, the X15 Efficiency Series and the X12. These are set to replace the current ISX offerings sold in the North American market. If and when the new engines or some of their technology may be released here in Australia is, as yet, unclear.
Cummins has announced extended oil drain intervals for the 15 litre ISXe5 engine. The new interval announced brings it up to 60,000 km between oil drains.
According to Cummins,on normal-duty applications, where fuel consumption is above 1.5 km/litre, ISXe5 customers will be able to extend oil drain intervals to 60,000 km using, recently released, Valvoline Premium Blue 8100 oil. Alternatively, oil drain intervals can be extended to 50,000 km using any 15W40 oil brand meeting CES 20081.
The latest truck delivered to Rockhampton-based Rocky’s Own Transport makes it 5,000. The Kenworth T 409 was handed over to the Central Queensland transport operator, fitted with the 5,000th Cummins ISXe5 sold in the South Pacific.
“The ISXe5 represents Cummins’ most successful ever introduction of a new heavy-duty truck engine in the South Pacific,” said Mike Fowler, Director of Automotive Business for Cummins South Pacific. “This is due in large part to the extensive field testing of the ISXe5 in Australia before its release. We began testing 15 engines early in 2012 in single trailer, B-double and road train applications, clocking up millions of kilometres before the release in 2013.” Read more