Cummins is to open a new Powertrain Test Facility at its Darlington site to help accelerate the move towards cleaner, next generation power technologies focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving air quality. Ground preparation work for the new facility is now underway with the first phase of the £14million investment expected to open for operations by May 2023.
Cummins says that the new facility will be ‘fuel-agnostic’ and will enable it to develop and test a wider range of power technologies, including the latest universal engine platforms with variants able to operate on green hydrogen, renewable natural gas, or what it terms “sustainable diesel”. Installation and testing capability will also extend to hydrogen fuel cell and battery electric powertrains.
Advanced dynamometers will be able to test not only powertrains, but also chassis-installed powertrains and vehicles, extending in size from a compact SUV to heavy-trucks over 44tonnes and double-deck buses. Off-road equipment, including construction machines and agricultural tractors, will also be able to be dyno-tested.
“We are very excited to announce this significant investment in the new Powertrain Test Facility at Darlington, which will be an important element in Cummins Destination Zero strategy to deliver a broad portfolio of power solutions to meet the world’s sustainability challenges,” says Jonathan Atkinson, executive director, Cummins On-highway Business in Europe. “The new facility will further enhance the ability of Cummins European Technical Operations to introduce low-to-zero carbon power solutions and meet the forthcoming Euro VII very low emission regulations, likely to take effect around 2025.”
Tees Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen, adds: “It’s brilliant news that Cummins is set to invest £14million into their Darlington plant to build a new Powertrain Test Facility. Teesside’s leading position as ground zero for net zero means there is no better place to develop the cleaner, healthier, and safer technologies of the future.”