April 22, 2014 by Minuteman Trucks
The enthusiasm for natural gas fueled vehicles seems to be stuttering a bit. Cummins recently announced it would “pause” development on its 15-liter engine, and Volvo said at the Mid-America Trucking Show recently that its new natural gas engine, originally announced with a 2015 time frame for availability, would not even be in pre-production until late next year.
When asked about the development of the ISX 15 G at MATS, Dave Crompton, who heads up Cummins’ Heavy Duty, MidRange and Light Duty Worldwide Product Businesses, explained, “We’ve paused a little bit to let the market and customers dictate how fast we will pull that through. It’s not an indication at all that we’re less committed or less excited about the market opportunities.”
In fact, he pointed out that Cummins recently shipped its 3,000th natural gas ISX 12 G from the Janesville plant. And at MATS, OEMs were quick to show off their natural gas fueled tractors equipped with the engine.