Isuzu, Cummins to collaborate on electric prototype

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Any forthcoming electric Isuzu models figure to play a large role in the company's growth strategies in the U.S

Isuzu on Thursday announced a partnership with Cummins on the development of a medium-duty battery electric prototype truck for North America. 

This truck would be the first zero-emissions solution from the Isuzu Cummins Powertrain Partnership (ICPP) formed in May 2019. Under the terms of the agreement, Cummins will integrate the its PowerDrive6000 into Isuzu’s F-Series truck and will pilot the truck with North American fleets beginning this year.

Following a successful demonstration and pilot phase, Isuzu plans to explore opportunities to commercialize medium-duty battery electric trucks with Cummins-powered systems across North America.

"As part of the path to carbon neutrality, it is significant for us to start this joint BEV prototype project in North America," said Koichi Seto, Isuzu director of the board and senior executive officer. Through our partnership, we commit to continuing to explore further opportunities in the next generation power source including electric powertrain technologies in addition to the existing powertrain collaboration.

Any forthcoming electric Isuzu models figure to play a large role in the company's growth strategies in the U.S. in the coming years. At its dealer meeting in Bonita Springs, Florida, this week, Isuzu Commercial Truck of America and Isuzu Commercial Truck of Canada President Shaun Skinner told his sales and service force that the booming e-commerce industry and a declining length of trucking haul – bundled with tightening greenhouse gas regulations and zero emission mandates – were fertile hunting grounds for customers. 

Jason Cannon has written about trucking and transportation for more than a decade and serves as Chief Editor of Commercial Carrier Journal. A Class A CDL holder, Jason is a graduate of the Porsche Sport Driving School, an honorary Duckmaster at The Peabody in Memphis, Tennessee, and a purple belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu. Reach him at [email protected].