TM4 Motors Power New All-Electric ‘Urban Hauler EV’
Cummins took the occasion of a technical tour in Columbus, Ind. this morning to unveil a fully electric, Class 7 demonstration Urban Hauler EV tractor. Built by Roush, the new “Aeos” truck boasts efficiency equivalent to more than 30 miles per diesel gallon.
The concept truck has been designed for such vocational applications as urban delivery, drayage and port terminal container handling.
“The company is prepared to win with new and future technologies,” according to an announcement.
Range Up to 300 Miles
The Concept Class 7 Urban Hauler EV includes a state-of-the art battery pack, Cummins says, “redefining energy-efficiency and density capabilities for the EV market.”
Battery capacity is 140 kilowatt-hours (lithium ion batteries in two enclosures), affording a single-charge range of about 100 miles. Extra batteries in existing free space could boost zero-emission range to 300 miles.
Motors and generators are supplied by Canada’s TM4, which reported a joint effort with Cummins for PHEV/plug-in hybrid electric vehicles earlier this year (F&F, May 15).
Hybrid Version Described
A lighter, denser battery design allows the pack to hold a longer charge for improved range and faster charging, Cummins says, reducing down time. The concept truck design also includes an engine-generator – i.e. hybrid – option for extended range, allowing users to benefit from Cummins’s B4.5 or B6.7 engines, “providing a major advantage over today’s hybrid systems,” with range up tp 600 miles.
Cummins claims a “50% fuel savings compared to today’s diesel hybrids with zero emissions.”
Natural Gas Touted Too
The company also talked up new Near Zero natural gas engines, and said it’s working toward Class 8 integration “with Agility’s Blue-IQ fuel delivery technology for full connectivity” (F&F, May 7).
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Source: Cummins with Fleets & Fuels follow-up