Cummins has announced that it has been successful in its application for funding to support the development of new stop-start engine capabilities, improving commercial vehicle fuel efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions.
UK government innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board, is providing £4.9 million funding for the £9.9 million project, which involves Cummins facilities in Darlington, Stamford and Peterborough and Huddersfield. To complete the project Cummins will work with a number of partners. Dynex, who produce high power semiconductor devices and assemblies, will develop a new inverter technology for application across the global automotive supply chain. The University of Nottingham will provide electronics research to ensure the project delivers the most advanced power electronic controller in the market.
Dr Neil Brown, Cummins Technical Project Leader for FIRST stated: “Our customers are demanding improved efficiency from their engines. For those operations with frequent stop-start duty cycles, such as buses and delivery trucks, there is an opportunity for fuel savings by switching off the engine when stationary. Present solutions have limitations, so the funding enables Cummins to deliver a capable and durable technology to the market in a timely manner.
“Current low carbon solutions such as diesel-electric hybrids are dependent on government subsidies due to the long payback period. This solution represents a significant opportunity to the wider bus fleet with rapid payback on investment.”