Cummins Releases New Electric Powertrain for Terminal Tractors

Dec 20, 2021 12:50 PM ET

Cummins Inc.

Cummins Inc. is taking another step toward making an emissions-free future a reality. 

The global power leader is releasing its new electric powertrain, PowerDriveTM 8000, to integrate into the terminal tractor application. Cummins will begin field tests in early 2022 with Kalmar, a leader in terminal automation and energy efficient container handling. Together, Cummins and Kalmar will offer battery electric terminal tractors globally.

“Cummins is thrilled to work with Kalmar to bring a zero-emissions solution to the terminal tractor market,” said Amy Davis, President of the New Power business 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,” added Gina Lopez, Vice President Terminal Tractors, Kalmar. “We selected Cummins because of our longstanding cooperation in providing world-class drivetrain platforms, their global reach and their proven electric solution suitable to meet our needs.”

Cummins designed the PowerDrive 8000 for the terminal tractor segment to better meet the necessary duty-cycle and power requirements for the distribution and port environments. The driveline can handle a variety of vehicle configurations, supporting gross vehicle weights from 80,000 lbs. to 195,000 lbs.

The system is equipped with compact, temperature-controlled batteries allowing the vehicles to operate in tough climate conditions around the world. The terminal tractors will be powered with up to 182 kWh of fast-charging Cummins batteries and will be equipped with DC-fast charge technology, enabling customers to use them around-the-clock.

Terminal tractors are ideal for electrification due to their duty cycle and operation within relatively confined spaces, making infrastructure planning and build out easier.