Cummins produces hydrogen internal combustion engines for Tata Motors at new manufacturing facility

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Global power leader Cummins Inc. (NYSE:CMI) today announced that production of its latest hydrogen internal combustion engines (H2-ICE) for Tata Motors has commenced at a new, state-of the-art manufacturing facility in Jamshedpur, India.

The first B6.7H hydrogen internal combustion engines rolled off the production line in March 2024 and will now be integrated into Tata Motors’ trucks. A viable solution for reducing emissions from commercial vehicles, hydrogen internal combustion engines provide diesel-like performance and operating range while running on zero-carbon hydrogen fuel.

The B6.7H engine shares many of the same components as current diesel and natural gas engines, it fits where a standard engine fits and can be refuelled in minutes. The installation of the B6.7H will enable Tata Motors and Cummins to demonstrate a practical, sustainable zero-carbon power option to support the decarbonisation of India’s commercial vehicles industry.

Made in India

Production of hydrogen engines at the recently opened Jamshedpur site is the latest of several developments in the Cummins and Tata Motors partnership in India. The new manufacturing facility is part of a 50:50 joint venture between Tata Motors Limited and Cummins Inc., and will produce hydrogen internal combustion engines for medium and heavy-duty commercial vehicles, as well as other low-to-zero emissions technologies like batteries and hydrogen fuel cells.  Investment in new production capabilities demonstrates both companies’ commitment to powering a cleaner, more sustainable future for India and its export markets.

Speaking at the launch of the Jamshedpur facility, Ashwath Ram, Managing Director, Cummins Group in India, said: “Cummins has always believed in bringing the right technology that powers the success of our customers at the right time. We strive to bring advanced low to zero-emissions technology to the market in pursuit of decarbonising the on-highway industry. Alongside our global expertise and technological capabilities, working with similarly innovative companies like Tata Motors will ensure we realise this ambition.”

Girish Wagh, Executive Director of Tata Motors, added: “Tata Motors’ established legacy of nation-building, innovations, and industry firsts gains further momentum with the opening of this new-age manufacturing facility. The hydrogen-based powertrain aggregates and systems produced here will shape the future of mobility in India, making it smarter and greener. We remain committed to partner our customers to build a better tomorrow by enabling them to progressively adopt emission free and commercially viable solutions for cargo and people mobility.”

Tata Motors and Cummins have a 30-year strong partnership through their joint venture Tata Cummins Private Limited (TCPL). TCPL GES, a subsidiary of TCPL, was formed in March 2023 to collaborate on the design and development of low and zero-emission propulsion technology solutions for commercial vehicles in India.

Cummins is progressing its objective to reach zero emissions by 2050 in its PLANET 2050 environmental strategy. Destination Zero is the company’s roadmap for achieving this zero-emissions future, focused on decarbonising industry by increasing the availability and viability of low-to-zero emission technologies.