“We are also excited to build on our strong relationship with Navistar, which dates back 80 years, and work together to lower costs and make hydrogen-powered vehicles more accessible for fleets to adopt.”
Cummins said the funding will help develop an integrated fuel cell electric powertrain for heavy-duty trucks.
This includes development of a solution that is highly manufacturable and scalable with a proven range of 300 miles or more, and improved fuel economy over current heavy-duty trucks, the company said.
“Cummins is a trusted Navistar partner and collaborating with the company on this project is a milestone in learning integrations surrounding the functionality, adoption and scalability of hydrogen fuel cells as a power source for Class 8 vehicles,” said Darren Gosbee, vice-president of engineering at Navistar.
“Hydrogen offers great opportunity in the commercial vehicle sector and we’re proud to be part of the team working to develop a complete solution for customers.”
The prototype will ultimately see a year-long field test.
The truck will be integrated into Werner Enterprises’ fleet of more than 7,700 tractors, and operated in local and/or regional delivery operation out of Fontana, Calif., Cummins said.