Cummins receives grant to develop critical technology for electric vehicles
Global energy leader Cummins Inc. has received nearly $ 5 million grant from the US Department of Energy to develop technology essential for the efficient delivery of battery power to the engine in zero-emission vehicles .
The price for developing high power density inverter continues the company’s innovative work to find additional ways to reduce emissions through global energy and energy solutions. The project is one of 24 announced by federal authorities, which together represent a $ 60 million investment to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from passenger cars and light and heavy trucks.
The Cummins-led project is one of 12 that will focus on the development of next-generation electric drive components such as traction inverters and lithium batteries to improve power density, performance, runtime. life, durability, security and affordability. These advancements would increase the useful life of electric vehicles (EVs) and enable more affordable and efficient electric vehicles.
“Our mission is to help our customers reduce their carbon footprint today, as the transition to zero emissions accelerates globally,” said Wayne Eckerle, vice president of research and technology at Cummins. “As producers in early adoption markets, we are using our learnings to improve enabling technology, reduce costs, improve performance, and ultimately inspire other markets to transition. “
The role of an inverter is to take direct current energy from the batteries and convert it into the alternating current required by the motor. Cummins is a project partner with the Center for Power Electronics Systems at Virginia Tech University, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
“Cars and trucks powered by fossil fuels are one of the main causes of air pollution and carbon emissions, and that is why we are focused on decarbonizing the transport sector to meet climate targets.” President Biden, ”Energy Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm said. “In partnership with industry and leading research universities, DOE’s investment in these 24 projects will create technologies and techniques that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles and strengthen the competitiveness of the United States on the global clean energy market. “