Cummins enters joint venture to boost production of natural-gas-powered vehicles

Columbus-based Cummins Inc. has entered into a joint venture with New Braunfels, Texas-based Rush Enterprises Inc. that focuses on the manufacturing of Cummins-branded near-zero-emissions natural gas fuel-delivery systems for commercial vehicles.

On Tuesday, Cummins and Rush announced that Cummins has acquired from Rush a 50% equity interest in Texas-based Momentum Fuel Technologies. Cummins declined to provide financial details of the deal.

Momentum was established in 2015 and is based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The company offers what it says is the industry’s first complete compressed-natural-gas fuel system for Class 6 through Class 8 commercial vehicles—weight categories that include vehicles ranging from school buses to transit buses, garbage trucks, dumps, semi-trailers and other vehicles.

“The partnership will help us bring to market the highest quality, clean and efficient natural gas products, including the 15-liter natural gas engine we announced in October,” Cummins Engine Business President Srikanth Padmanabhan said in a written statement.

Cummins, which was founded as a maker of diesel engines, has in recent years been diversifying its offerings, including pushes into natural gas, electric and hydrogen fuel cell technologies, among others.

Rush Enterprises owns and operates Rush Truck Centers, the largest network of commercial vehicle dealerships in North America with 139 locations in 23 states.

The joint venture will offer customers aftermarket support through both Rush Truck Centers and Cummins distributors.

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