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Cummins to produce natural gas powertrains for commercial vehicle market

Cummins to produce natural gas powertrains for commercial vehicle market
Cummins Inc. plans to invest in Momentum Fuel Technologies. The partnership will lay a foundation for Cummins’ production of compressed natural gas fuel systems for commercial trucks. (Courtesy: Cummins Inc.)

DALLAS/FORTH WORTH and COLUMBUS, Ind. — Cummins Inc. and Rush Enterprises Inc. on June 29 signed a letter of intent for Cummins to acquire 50% equity interest in Rush Enterprises’ Momentum Fuel Technologies. Momentum Fuel Technologies offers the industry’s first complete compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel system solution for Classes 6-8 trucks, according to a company statement.

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“This collaboration shows Cummins’ continued commitment to natural gas powertrains,” said Srikanth Padmanabhan, president of the engine business at Cummins. “This partnership will improve customers service for both compressed natural gas (CNG) and renewable natural gas (RNG) through an improved support network. We are thrilled to expand our network of clean and reliable power solutions.”

The proposed transaction is expected to close later this year, subject to completion of customary pre-closing activities and entering into mutually agreeable transaction documentation. The joint venture between Rush Enterprises and Cummins will produce Cummins-branded natural gas fuel delivery systems for the commercial vehicle market in North America.

“The immediate environmental benefits of CNG and RNG, combined with upcoming regulatory requirements, will drive growth in natural gas vehicles for the foreseeable future,” said W.M. Rush, CEO and president of Rush Enterprises Inc. “This partnership will enable Rush Enterprises to continue to provide unparalleled support to our customers through our mutual, wide-ranging portfolio of Cummins’ and RushCare aftermarket solutions and keep trucks up and running across the country.”

The joint venture will offer aftermarket support through Rush Truck Centers dealerships and Cummins distributors which will be able to service both the engine and the fuel delivery system. The partnership between Cummins and Rush Enterprises will benefit customers by providing them with access to an extensive CNG vehicle parts and service network. Both Cummins’ and Rush Enterprises’ respective networks, which together represent over 250 locations in the U.S. and Canada, will be equipped with certified technicians and access to a comprehensive CNG vehicle parts inventory.

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