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Cummins plays key role in SA integrated transport strategy
1st Quarter 2019, News & events


Cummins is set to play a key role in the integrated transport strategy for South Africa through its partnership with Real African Works (RAW), a newly launched 100% black female owned OEM specialising in urban buses for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) networks for the three major metropolitan municipalities in Gauteng. Cummins, the world’s largest independent diesel engine manufacturer, which built over 1,3 million units in 2017, began working with the OEM in 2016 on the development of its RAW iBus V1D model. Its involvement began from engine selection, up until road testing.

The technology to be used on these buses is the Cummins ISL Euro 5 engine, which complies with the latest European regulations regarding greenhouse gas emissions and fuel efficiency. RAW CEO, Vuyelwa Toni Penxa revealed that the diesel-engine bus will be followed by an electric and a hydrogen fuel cell prototype. Bombela has already placed an order for 135 buses, including five electric and five hydrogen fuel cell models for piloting and testing. “I foresee a future based on alternative propulsion methods, as opposed to conventional fuels such as diesel,” said Gauteng MEC for Transport, Ismail Vadi.

Cummins has always been a global leader in terms of diesel engines. The company has committed to investing R700 billion in research and development on electric technology alone, with a trial bus running in California at present, and an additional roll-out planned across the US next year.

For more information contact Amina Abugdanpoka Kaguah, Cummins Africa Middle East, +27 11 028 8622, amina.kaguah@cummins.com, www.cummins.com


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