American-based engine maker Cummins plans to hire a team of engineers in India to modify its existing electric powertrain technology and make it more relevant for emerging markets, reports Busworld.
“Cummins, which will initially be developing electric powertrains for buses, is also planning to set up a testing facility in India,” Busworld quotes Julie Furber, Cummins executive director for electrification.
The move by Cummins comes when India has set an ambitious target to electrify all new vehicles in the country by 2030, and it wants to push the electrification drive through mass public transport like buses and taxis.
Furber says: “Once India develops regulations for electric vehicles and customers begin to adopt them, Cummins will start investing in manufacturing in the country.”
According to Busworld, Cummins has said it plans to invest $500 million (R5,9 billion) globally over the next three years to develop an electrified powertrain product line. The engineers based in India will also develop products for other global markets.