Cummins buying Efficient Drivetrains Inc.

Cummins buying Efficient Drivetrains Inc.

Commercial hybrid systems provider expands engine maker's push into alternative powertrains.

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Columbus, Indiana – Diesel engine specialist Cummins Inc. is delving further into alternative powertrains, buying hybrid and electric drive company Efficient Drivetrains Inc. (EDI). Adding Silicon Valley, California-based EDI to the Cummins portfolio is the latest step forward in Cummins’ efforts to become a global electrified power leader.

"As power needs and technologies continue to evolve, Cummins remains committed to innovations that will deliver the right power solutions for the right applications at the right time to help our customers’ succeed," said Cummins Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger. "This acquisition will combine EDI’s talented workforce and electrification capabilities with Cummins’ expertise in developing and manufacturing the technologies that power the world."

Cummins began developing its electrification capabilities more than a decade ago. During the past nine months, it accelerated investment in this business when it undertook strategic efforts to build capabilities across the entire range of electric storage, as evidenced by the acquisitions of UK-based Johnson Matthey Battery Systems and North America-based Brammo (a company that previously sold some of its businesses to motorcycle maker Polaris).

Upon the addition of its fully-electric and unique four-mode hybrid powertrains, EDI will broaden Cummins’ electrification expertise and products. EDI’s hybrid system is the most versatile on the market today, able to switch, in real time, between fully electric, series, and parallel modes.

"As the industry continues to evolve and OEMs move to include hybrid and electric technologies in their vehicle offerings, the combination of Cummins and EDI represents a tremendous opportunity for growth and category leadership," said EDI Chairman and CEO Joerg Ferchau. "EDI’s advanced portfolio of plug-in-hybrid and full electric technologies paired with Cummins’ industry leadership and focus on innovation will allow us to deliver best-in-class products, service, and support worldwide. "

EDI’s portfolio of hybrid-electric drivetrain systems, the EDI PowerDrive series, have traveled more than 6 million miles in a fleet setting in the United States and China. EDI’s products and diverse customer base will provide a springboard for Cummins into electrified markets, enabling the company a more immediate ability to grow market share.

The closing of the acquisition of EDI is subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the third quarter.

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