AD #2181 – Cummins Unveils Electric Semi, Porsche Shows Off New Cayenne, Magna Develops Autonomy-In-A-Box

August 31st, 2017 at 11:53am

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- Cummins Unveils Electric Semi Tractor
- smart vision EQ fortwo
- MINI Electric Concept
- Kia Teases Next-Gen cee’d Concept
- Porsche Redesigns the Cayenne
- Bentley Shows New Continental GT
- Magna Develops Autonomy-In-A-Box

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17 Comments to “AD #2181 – Cummins Unveils Electric Semi, Porsche Shows Off New Cayenne, Magna Develops Autonomy-In-A-Box”

  1. David Sprowl Says:

    So what is the cost of the new Cummins?

  2. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Will the Cummins electric truck get 100 miles range with the rated 75,000 GVW; it is alluded to in the article but that would be pretty impressive if true. And to triple the range; where are they going to put two more, same sized batteries. I’m a little skeptical but will be happy to be proven wrong; cool concept.

  3. Lex Says:

    My question for the gang at AAH is ” Is it true that Honda is working on a New Five Passenger CUV/SUV rumored to be a downsized version of the full size Honda Pilot? This vehicle is rumored to slot between the CR-V and Pilot with the code name “Pilot Sport”? I believe the intention is to grab future sales away from the returning 2020 Ford Bronco and recently announced Full Size Subaru SUV. I would suggest that Honda name this new vehicle the “Passport” to give it some heritage IMHO.

  4. Lex Says:

    I heard the Ford is going to produce an EV version of the Ford Escape. I have suggested in the past that GM should consider doing the same with the Equinox and Terrain. All GM needs to do is drop the Volt/Bolts drivetrain into these vehicles. Maybe GM should consider first trying out dropping the Volt/Bolt drivetrains into the Chevy Trax to boost sales of that model and the new entry level CUV slated for the GMC Brand.

  5. Lambo2015 Says:

    I’m surprised Cummins an engine manufacturer developed an electric tractor and not someone like Peterbilt or Mack.

    Sean any word on if anyone is looking at electrifying heavy equipment like Excavators or Dozers. Forklifts have been around for years and seems like a good fit. I know Caterpiller came out in 2009 with a “hybrid” D7E dozer very much like the Chevy Volt they use the diesel engine generator for the electric drive motors.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    2 There should be room for a lot of batteries in tbe belly of the trailors, if it would be feasable to deal with the connections, etc.

    Yeah, if the truck has 100 mile range with a 140 kWh battery at 75,000 pound GVW, it must be going downhill quite a bit. If not, that is very impressive, and Tesla et. al. could learn some things about motor and drive train efficiency.

  7. MJB Says:

    The aerodynamic enhancements on the all-electric Cummins rig seam superfluous given that its base range is 100mi stop-and-go CITY driving. I can only assume they designed it that way more so for the 300mi range highway-driving buyer.

    Loving that newly reworked Bentley Continental GT!

  8. Bradley Says:

    Tractor Trailer
    semi Tractor
    Semi-Truck

    I know Detroit is in the Eastern Time Zone, but I thought the Midwest was pretty consistent with calling them “Semi-Trucks”

  9. Lambo2015 Says:

    Off topic but, The US Auto sales could see a positive bump as I just saw an article stating that over 1 million vehicles have been ruined by the hurricane.

  10. Lambo2015 Says:

    #8 I used Tractor only cause that’s how it was referred to in the article. Yea I call em semi’s

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I tbought “big rigs” were semi-trailer trucks. It’s a semi-trailer rather than a regular trailer because it has almost half the weight on the 5th wheel, rather than about 10% on the tongue. Anyway, we all know that various terms like semi, big rig, 18 wheeler, etc., mean about the same thing.

  12. Drew Says:

    The rear end of the new Cayenne certainly looks a lot like a Lincoln MKC. Does anyone else see the similarity?

  13. RS Says:

    @3
    The Passport name was not one of Honda’s best ideas. I bet there are lots of disgruntled buyers with negative memories of the Isuzu that Honda sold.

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    13 I agree that the Honda by Subaru/Isuzu of Lafayette wasn’t too great, but maybe most potential customers for the shortened Pilot are too young to know. If they call the new vehicle Passport, though, it should be a two door. Yeah, I know that’s not going to happen.

  15. Len Simpson Says:

    lots of contras in the Cummins’ blip. I still don’t understand the apparent aversion to few batts ,constant duty small eng/gen
    Weight is the biggest enemy , why not address it w/this solution? inwheel motors would help too & offer tons of flexability

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Len, series hybrids and series power trains are not used on road vehicles because they are INEFFICIENT. They are used on railroad locomotives because of the special needs for accelerating a few million pounds from a stop to speed, with only a few thousand horsepower. With road vehicles, even the biggest trucks, it is practical to use more efficient arrangements.

  17. Terry Says:

    Ever since I first saw a Cayenne, I thought it was butt ugly. The 3rd gen is a little better.