Today, Cummins formally announced the long-awaited crate engine program called Cummins Repower™ as a means of offering brand new engines from the factory direct to the consumer market.
Jeff Caldwell, Cummins Executive Director – Global Pickup/Van Business, said, “For nearly 100 years, the Cummins legacy has been built on repowering anything from early river boats to modern 95-liter locomotives and everything in between. Clessie Cummins repowered automobiles, race cars, buses and trucks, demonstrating the benefits of the diesel engine over their original power plants. We are proud to be continuing the legacy of our namesake by enabling passionate enthusiasts to repower their vehicles for the same reason Cummins repowered his own.”
The announcement comes after research and voice of customer surveys identified significant demand for Cummins engines in the consumer aftermarket. “They want reliable power, and this segment of the aftermarket exists because there is no off-the-shelf vehicle that satisfies enthusiasts’ appetites for personalization – they build their own,” Caldwell continued.
The first Cummins Repower engine offering will be the R2.8 Turbo Diesel, including other major components to ease the installation process, as well as the necessary documentation to make it 50-state-emissions-compliant. The turbocharged 2.8-liter, 4-cylinder engine is based on a global platform which is currently used in small pickups, chassis cabs, SUVs, vans, commercial vehicles and industrial equipment around the world. The proven platform is a lightweight, electronically controlled, High Pressure Common Rail (HPCR) compact package ideal for most small pickup and SUV applications for qualifying vintages.
The kit will include the major components necessary for the engine operation to help ensure that even the shade-tree novice has most everything they need to make their Cummins Repower installation as painless as possible.
Cummins has worked through its invaluable relationship with the Specialty Equipment Market Association® (SEMA) and other key SEMA members to prepare the market for genuine Cummins Repowers. Measuring sessions and Tech Transfer programs with the SEMA Garage™ will provide SEMA members the necessary access to the Cummins Repower products, enabling them to bring their own ancillary products to market, with the result for the enthusiast being a plug-and-play option for every step of the installation.
Initial testing with the R2.8 installed into an otherwise stock Jeep® Wrangler® TJ demonstrated that the vehicle not only gained higher peak torque, but the amount of accessible peak torque across the RPM band also increased. In addition to the performance gains, preliminary testing indicates that the R2.8 more than doubled the fuel economy of the Jeep – in some real-world drive cycles, even tripling it – all while meeting the Transitional Low-Emission Vehicle (TLEV) LDT2 vehicle emissions standards of that particular gasoline engine vintage.
Certification work is underway using the California Air Resource Board’s (ARB’s) Executive Order process to ensure that any Cummins Repower engine sold has clear guidelines as to the specific vehicle classification and vintage for which it is qualified to be installed.
“The environment is important to Cummins – providing enthusiasts with a cleaner and much more fuel-efficient engine than their original, or than even a junkyard Cummins swap, allows them to enjoy their iconic vehicles that much more.” Caldwell said. “There are certain vehicles that people just won’t discard because once they’re gone, they’re gone, so we want to help make those vehicles as reliable, economical and enjoyable as possible for many years to come.”
Start of sales is anticipated for the first quarter of 2017. Future engine family introductions into the Repower product lineup will be announced at later dates.
About Cummins Inc.
Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service diesel and natural gas engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emissions solutions and electrical power generation systems. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana (USA), Cummins currently employs approximately 55,000 people worldwide, and serves customers in approximately 190 countries and territories through a network of approximately 600 company-owned and independent distributor locations and more than 7,200 dealer locations. Cummins earned $1.4 billion on sales of $19.1 billion in 2015. Press releases can be found on the Web at cummins.com or cumminsengines.com. Follow Cummins on Twitter at twitter.com/cumminsengines and on YouTube at youtube.com/cumminsengines.