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Columbus-based Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) and Daimler Truck North America, a heavy-duty truck manufacturer based in Oregon, are partnering to install Cummins’ hydrogen fuel cell powertrain on Freightliner Cascadia trucks. The partners say the collaboration will support their shared goal to reduce emissions.

Cummins says the upfitted and validated freightliners will provide improved power density, efficiency and durability.

“Cummins and Daimler Truck have a strong history of partnership, and this next step into fuel cell electric vehicles is an exciting development for zero-emissions transport,” said Amy Davis, Vice President and President of New Power at Cummins. “Hydrogen fuel cells are a promising solution for the demanding requirements of heavy-duty trucking. Our collaboration in this market is an important milestone for both companies as we work to accelerate the shift to a carbon-free economy.”

Last year, Cummins announced plans to start producing medium-duty engines with reduced emissions for European truck and bus manufacturer Daimler Truck AG to comply with Europe’s stricter emission standards expected to be enacted by 2025.

“CO2-neutral commercial transportation must not only be technically feasible, but also economically viable for our valued customers,” said Rakesh Aneja, vice president and chief of eMobility at DTNA. “Depending on the customer application and energy infrastructure considerations, hydrogen-powered vehicles can absolutely complement battery-powered electric vehicles in accelerating our carbon-neutral journey. We are pleased to expand our partnership with Cummins to include hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles in our future portfolio.”

After successful validation, Cummins says initial units are expected to be available in 2024.