Hino has become the latest OEM to embrace Cummins power, announcing that it will offer Cummins B6.7 and L9 engines in its L and XL Series trucks.
Hino formally paused its North American truck production during a December board meeting, noting it faced challenges with the U.S. engine certification testing process for new model years of the A09C, J08E, and J05E Hino engines.
The OEM says it will now redirect engineering resources to battery-electric trucks under Project Z, an internal program to produce zero-emission vehicles. It previously committed to developing and producing Class 4-8 battery-electric trucks through Hino Motor Sales USA.
Initial low-volume production of its battery-electric trucks is expected to come in the fourth quarter of 2022, with full production to come online by 2023.
Both Isuzu and Daimler recently announced that Cummins will produce medium-duty engines for some of their respective products. Cummins and Navistar International also extended a long-term supply deal through the next two emissions cycles.
Production of Cummins-powered Hino trucks will begin in October 2021 at a plant in Woodstock, Ont., and West Virginia. The Cummins engines will be built in North Carolina.