Cummins Inc. and Taylor Machine Works Inc., an American manufacturer of heavy industrial lift equipment, have announced a signed letter of intent with plans to integrate the Cummins 6.7-liter and 15-liter hydrogen engines into the Taylor product line. This collaboration will help realize the decarbonization goals of industrial steel, wood products, concrete, oil and gas, and port operations markets.
For 96 years, Taylor has met the material handling needs of their global industrial customer base, while focusing on its own generational workforce and surrounding communities. Cummins engines power a large portion of more than 100 different models of lift trucks manufactured by Taylor for the heavy lift industry.
The move is part of Taylor Machine Work's efforts to develop low and zero-carbon solutions across the entire product line. This effort includes battery electric trucks, hydrogen fuel cell trucks, and now hydrogen internal combustion engines (H2ICE).
Hydrogen combustion engines create a zero-carbon fueled solution that provides cost effective equipment for high load factor, high utilization applications. Key benefits of using this technology include enabling a more-timely solution to reduce carbon emissions without sacrificing productivity. Adding H2ICE to the mix of zero carbon solutions will also reduce the load required from already stressed utility grids. Finally, commonalities with traditional internal combustion equipment will provide solutions that are dependable, as well as easy to service and maintain.