Caption: Antonio Leitao (center), Vice President of the Europe Area Business Organization at Cummins, joins other executives signing the pledge to help target cities improve their air quality.
The companies pledged on Sept. 27 in Paris to work to make sales and service available in the target cities no later than 2018 for buses and bus engines with low-emissions technology. Nearly all of the cities benefitting from the partnership are in countries that do not have rigorous emissions regulations.
“We are thrilled to be part of this initiative with great partners who are committed to doing the right thing for our customers and the environment,” said Antonio Leitao, Vice President of the Europe Area Business Organization at Cummins. “Cummins is the global leader in low-emissions technologies and, as always, we want to help bring the cleanest and best-performing engines and technologies to cities around the globe.”
Cummins along with Volvo Buses, Scania Buses and Coaches and BYD Electric Buses signed the pledge as part of the Soot-Free Urban Bus Fleets project sponsored by the International Council on Clean Transportation, the UN Climate and Clean Air Coalition and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.
Participating cities in the project have committed to ensuring that low-sulfur fuel is made available and that customers and fleets prioritize the purchase of clean bus technology in order to help manufacturers meet their commitment. Further reductions in the climate impacts of soot-free buses are achievable with low carbon fuels and engines that deliver the lowest lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions
The participating cities are: Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire; Accra, Ghana; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Bangkok, Thailand; Bogotá, Colombia; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Casablanca, Morocco; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Dhaka, Bangladesh; Istanbul, Turkey; Jakarta, Indonesia; Johannesburg, South Africa; Lagos, Nigeria; Lima, Peru; Manila, Philippines; Mexico City, Mexico; Nairobi, Kenya; Santiago, Chile; Sao Paulo, Brazil and Sydney, Australia.
“I welcome the commitment of these bus manufacturers to make the cleanest, safest engine technologies available to millions of citizens,” said C40 Executive Director Mark Watts. “This is yet another example of cities and the private sector working together to tackle the most urgent challenges that we face.”
Soot-free is defined as any engine meeting Euro VI norms first established in Europe or EPA 2010 standards established in the United States, in addition to any diesel engine with a diesel particulate filter, gas-powered engine or a dedicated electric drive engine.
Cummins offers the broadest portfolio of products to meet every emissions standard anywhere in the world. The company’s range of products for buses include diesel and natural gas options and Cummins has pledged to begin producing electric powertrains for buses by 2019. The company is also the global leader in aftertreatment products that have reduced criteria pollutants by 99 percent over the past several decades.
Cummins is the top bus engine supplier in the world, shipping engines to more than 140 countries around the world and transporting more than 2 billion passengers daily thanks to its unparalleled global support network. Cummins produced almost 48,000 soot-free engines in 2016 and now powers nine of every 10 buses in North America.
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