Cummins pledges to improve fuel efficiency, curb carbon emissions

The Cummins Redefining Efficiency Tour on the road
The Cummins Redefining Efficiency Tour on the road
Noting fuel efficiency is increasingly at the top of customers' list of considerations when buying a new truck, Cummins has released a set of environmental goals in the wake of its 76,000-mile, 36-city Redefining Efficiency Tour.

The tour took a caravan of five new Cummins trucks designed for increased fuel efficiency around the country to trade shows and other stops where customers examined and gave feedback on the new products.

This year the company disclosed to the Carbon Disclosure Project that lifetime emissions from the more than 1 million engines sold in 2014 alone would send 914 million metric tons of carbon into the atmosphere over their lifetimes. The company has set a goal of reducing these emissions annually by 3.5 million tons by 2020, which it said would also include using 1.6 billion fewer gallons of gas and save customers billions of dollars.

The company also pledged to continue collaborating with university, nonprofit, and government organizations to research and develop cleaner, more efficient technologies

Cummins will pursue these goals by working with 20 percent of its customer base on a one-on-one basis over the next five years to craft more efficient engines suited to particular needs.

Cummins has volunteered emissions information to the Carbon Disclosure Project for the past decade.

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