Cummins Inc. has announced the launch of Accelera, a new brand for its New Power business unit to provide a portfolio of zero-emissions solutions for vital industries across the globe.
It makes up a significant part of the company’s efforts in its Destination Zero strategy, rooted in the belief that multiple solutions will be required to achieve widespread de-carbonisation. The company has so far invested more than $1.5 billion in research and technology, capital and acquisitions to build Acceleras capabilities.
“Achieving our goal of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 requires leveraging our entire portfolio of businesses,” said Jennifer Rumsey, Cummins president and chief executive officer. “As we have continued to lead in and advance the engine-based solutions that power our customers’ businesses, we have also built the broadest combination of zero-emissions technologies dedicated to the commercial vehicle industry like battery electric and fuel cell electric powertrain solutions and electrolyzers for green hydrogen production.
“Establishing Accelera reinforces our commitment to leading in zero-emissions solutions and highlights our unmatched ability to leverage our deep understanding of our customers’ needs and applications, technical expertise and extensive service and support network to walk hand in hand with our customers throughout the energy transition.”
The brand is advancing a range of solutions, including hydrogen fuel cells, batteries, e-axles, traction systems and electrolyzers to power a range of industries. Amy Davis, who has led the New Power business unit since 2020 will serve as president of Accelera. Ms Davis has spent more than 25 years with Cummins.
“The purpose of Accelera is simple – to secure a sustainable future for the industries that keep the world running,” she said. “Launching this new brand drives additional focus in our business and enables us to stay ahead of the ever-changing zero-emissions landscape.
“By leveraging Cummins’ deep understanding of our customers’ needs and the demands of their applications, Accelera will deliver leading zero-emissions technologies necessary to accelerate the shift to zero.”
In addition to the rebranding, two zero-emission projects were also announced under the Accelera brand:
- The company has been chosen to supply a 90mW proton exchange membrane electrolyzer for Varennes Carbon Recyling’s plant in Quebec, Canada, which will be the largest project of this type undertaken by Cummins.
- Over the next 12 to 18 months, Accelera and Blue Bird aim to power a new fleet of 1,000 electric school buses across the United States. Production is set to be accelerated and the resulting buses could prevent 10,600 metric tonnes of carbon emissions each year.
According to Cummins, the various technologies from the company have reduced product emissions by more than 90% over the last 25 years. Recent zero-emission highlights from the company, include:
- Completing the acquisition of Meritor, Inc., and Siemens Commercial Vehicle business to advance electric powertrain solutions
- Increasing global electrolyzer manufacturing capacity with gigawatt-scalable plants in Fridley, Minnesota – its first in the United States – and in Spain (now under construction)
- Powering the world’s largest proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyzer in operation in the world in Bécancour, Canada
- Powering the world’s first hydrogen refuelling station for ships, cars, trucks and industrial customers in Antwerp, Belgium
- Powering the world’s first megawatt-scale demonstration plant for storing wind energy in the natural gas grid in Windgas Falkenhagen, Germany
- Powering the world’s first fleets of hydrogen fuel cell passenger trains in Germany
- Deploying four hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered class 8 heavy-duty trucks with several marquis fleet customers in the United States
- Powering 52 fuel cell city buses in Lingang, Shanghai
- Powering refuse trucks with FAUN across Europe