Milan, Italy (June 8, 2015) – Cummins today announced its product improvement plans aligned to the 2017 Euro 6 OBD C requirements, that will deliver improved efficiency and lower total cost of ownership for customers.

The key change made at OBD C vs 2014 OBD A is to tighten the on-board diagnostics measurements to provide even closer control of compliance in service.  This will add in-operation particulate monitoring for the first time, where previously only NOx was measured.  The on-board monitoring of NOx will also be tightened.

Claudio Barcena, Cummins Regional Engine Sales Leader, said: “Cummins met the 2014 OBD A through robust architecture with a long life, and this allows us to meet OBD C with no significant product updates needed.  However, although electronic controls upgrades would be sufficient to do this, we aren’t stopping there, and are working on a number of customer focused improvements to deliver more value with improved efficiency.”

The commercial vehicle industry has been working on reducing PM and NOx emissions for 20 years, since the introduction of Euro 1.  Now these have reached near- zero levels at Euro 6, the focus is moving towards greenhouse gas/CO2 emissions.  CO2 relates to the amount of fuel burned, so reducing emissions supports the environment but also delivers cost savings for operators.  Cummins already has significant experience in this area through meeting the EPA 2014 GHG standards in North America.

At Cummins we recognise the focus on greenhouse gas emissions and are redefining efficiency, with a range of solutions driving more efficient vehicle utilisation.  It aligns with our sustainability policy by encompassing both product design and product installation initiatives.  We are constantly looking to develop smaller and lighter components.  Our specialist engine expertise enables us to design integrated system solutions which optimise efficiency.  We also provide strong integration support, partnering with OEMs to deliver installations tailored for efficient operation,” added Barcena.

Under the theme of SmartEfficiency Cummins will be announcing key product-line improvements over the next 12 months that will include; optimised calibrations, stop-start capability, product tailoring with improved power and torque and other sustainable technologies.  They will deliver genuine customer benefits through driveline efficiency improvements and reductions in operating costs.  Product development has been based on Cummins working closer with customers and gaining an even deeper knowledge of OEMs’ and operators’ businesses to understand their needs.

“So, emissions regulation dates are no longer driving our product plan.  We now see this as a continuum with our products continuing to evolve and constantly improving in line with customer demands for lower total cost of operation,” continued Barcena.

The first step for SmartEfficiency is tailoring engine calibrations, treating each application on its own merits.  Cummins engineers have used their technical knowledge of the driveline system to extract the most out of the engine and related components.  During recent bus tests working with OEM customers, revised calibrations have resulted in fuel efficiency savings of between 5 and 7%.  The other SmartEfficiency solutions under development will increase this further.

About Cummins

Cummins, a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service diesel and natural gas engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems.

Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana, (USA) Cummins currently employs approximately 54,600 people worldwide and serves customers in approximately 190 countries and territories through a network of approximately 600 company-owned and independent distributor locations and approximately 7,200 dealer locations. Cummins earned $1.65 billion on sales of $19.2 billion in 2014.

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Cummins Ltd, Darlington, UK Tel:  +44 (0)1325 556717

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