Cummins starts H2-ICE production at new India facility

Cummins starts H2-ICE production at new India facility

The first B6.7H hydrogen ICE rolled off the production line in March and will now be integrated into Tata Motors’ trucks.

Cummins began production of its latest hydrogen internal combustion engines (H2-ICE) for Tata Motors at a new manufacturing facility in Jamshedpur, India. The first B6.7H hydrogen internal combustion engines rolled off the production line in March and will now be integrated into Tata Motors’ trucks, the company said. The B6.7H engine shares many components with current diesel and natural gas engines, fits where a standard engine fits and can be refueled in minutes. The installation of the B6.7H will enable Tata Motors and Cummins to demonstrate a practical, sustainable zero-carbon power option to support the decarbonization of India’s commercial vehicle industry, Cummins said.

Production of hydrogen engines at the recently opened Jamshedpur site is the latest of several developments in the Cummins and Tata Motors partnership in India. The new manufacturing facility is part of a 50/50 joint venture between Tata Motors Limited and Cummins and will produce hydrogen internal combustion engines for medium and heavy-duty commercial vehicles, as well as other low-to-zero emissions technologies like batteries and hydrogen fuel cells, the company said.

“Cummins has always believed in bringing the right technology that powers the success of our customers at the right time,” Ashwath Ram, managing director of Cummins Group in India, said at the launch of the Jamshedpur facility. “We strive to bring advanced low to zero-emissions technology to the market in pursuit of decarbonizing the on-highway industry. Alongside our global expertise and technological capabilities, working with similarly innovative companies like Tata Motors will ensure we realize this ambition.”

Tata Motors and Cummins have a 30-year partnership through their joint venture Tata Cummins Private Limited (TCPL). TCPL GES, a subsidiary of TCPL, was formed in March 2023 to collaborate on the design and development of low and zero-emission propulsion technology solutions for commercial vehicles in India.

Cummins said it is advancing its objective to reach zero emissions by 2050 in its Planet 2050 environmental strategy. Destination Zero is the company’s roadmap for achieving this zero-emissions future, focused on decarbonizing industry by increasing the availability and viability of low-to-zero emission technologies, according to Cummins.

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