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Cummins releases new electric powertrain for terminal tractors

Big engine specialist Cummins has released the new PowerDrive 8000 system for terminal tractors. Cummins will begin field tests of the new product with Kalmar, one of Cummins’ lead customers, in early 2022, and the two companies will partner to offer battery-electric terminal tractors globally.

Terminal tractors (aka drayage tractors or yard goats) are ideal for electrification, due to their duty cycle and operation within confined spaces, which makes infrastructure planning and build-out comparatively easy.

Cummins designed the PowerDrive 8000 specifically for the duty-cycle and power requirements of the distribution center and port environments. The driveline can handle a variety of vehicle configurations, supporting gross vehicle weights from 80,000 to 195,000 lbs. The system is equipped with compact, temperature-controlled batteries, which enable the vehicles to operate in tough climate conditions around the world. Each terminal tractor will be powered with up to 182 kWh of Cummins batteries, and will be equipped with DC fast-charge technology.

“Cummins is thrilled to work with Kalmar to bring a zero-emission solution to the terminal tractor market,” said Amy Davis, President of New Power at Cummins. “After decades of serving this market, we understand the requirements for this application and have specifically designed a solution to serve our customers better.”

“In line with our commitment to having a comprehensive electric product portfolio, we’re delighted to release our new Cummins-powered electric terminal tractor,” said Gina Lopez, Kalmar VP, Terminal Tractors. “We selected Cummins because of our longstanding cooperation in providing world-class drivetrain platforms, their global reach and their proven electric solution.”

Source: Cummins

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