Cummins to test H2 ICE with mixer fleet

Terex Advance Commander FD5000 front discharge mixer truck
Terex Advance Commander FD5000 front discharge mixer truck.

Cummins on Thursday said it has signed of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Terex Corp. subsidiary Terex Advance Mixer Inc., Edge Materials and PCC Hydrogen to produce, trial and prove concrete mixer trucks powered by Cummins’ zero-carbon, hydrogen fueled internal combustion engines.

The four-company collaboration will spearhead a complete and viable approach to decarbonizing mixer trucks, without impacting vehicle performance and the project aims to develop a full hydrogen eco-system with a hydrogen producer, vehicle manufacturer and end user. Cummins’ X15H hydrogen internal combustion engines (ICE) will be integrated into the Terex Advance Commander Series of front-discharge concrete mixer trucks. Edge Materials, LLC, a ready-mix concrete provider and Terex Advance customer, will operate the hydrogen-powered trucks in real-world environments, including on construction sites and infrastructure projects. PCC Hydrogen, an ultra-low carbon intensity hydrogen producer based in Louisville, Kentucky, will supply the hydrogen fuel as well as stationary storage and dispensing services.

While Cummins is investing in a range of power options to support decarbonization, Cummins' General Manager of Hydrogen Engines Jim Nebergall said hydrogen internal combustion engines "are emerging as a key technology to eliminate carbon emissions from heavy-duty sectors, while retaining the power density and operational range typical of diesel engines. This collaboration represents an end-to-end demonstration of how hydrogen internal combustion engines work practically in tough applications using real trucks, real infrastructure and real end-users.”

Decarbonizing concrete mixer trucks can be difficult due to the energy demands and long operational hours, but Terex Advance Mixer General Manager David Grabner said this project "marks a significant milestone in our decarbonization journey, as Cummins’ X15H engines introduce an alternative, zero-carbon emissions option for our customers, while providing the performance our trucks need to get the job done.” 

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Using proven internal combustion engine technology, Cummins’ hydrogen engines use zero-carbon hydrogen fuel rather than traditional diesel. They are similar in architecture to modern diesel and natural gas-powered engines, yet offer heavier-duty, longer-range applications a route to decarbonize without major changes to vehicle designs and at a lower upfront cost than current zero-carbon alternatives.

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