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The future of rail is clean with Cummins Rail

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Given that traditional power technologies used in the rail industry are no longer viable solutions for achieving net zero emissions, Cummins has developed clean energy technology that can help businesses bridge the path toward net-zero 2050 targets- right now.

Cummins’ Manager for Rail, Locomotive and Defence Business for Asia Pacific, Nathan Usher, said technology was currently available to advance the rail industry to an 80 percent reduction in emissions by 2030.

“We can shift the needle today and help operators meet and exceed targets ahead of the 2050 target,” he said.

Under its Destination Zero Strategy, Cummins has invested in a broad portfolio of power solutions and technologies including the internal combustion engine (ICE)– powered by clean diesel, hydrogen, and natural gas; alternative fuels; battery electric; fuel cell electric; and hybrid.

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The 4,400 hp QSK95 – the highest horsepower engine ever developed by Cummins.

Cummins envisions clean diesel technology as a ‘bridge power’ option, with the release of the 4400 hp QSK95 – the highest horsepower engine ever developed by Cummins – setting a new low-emission benchmark for heavy-haul and general-duty locomotive applications.

Certified to stringent Tier 4 emissions standards, mining companies and general freight rail operators repowering their non-emissionised locomotives with the QSK95 will see a reduction of greenhouse gas (CO2) emissions by 380 tonnes per locomotive, per year. In addition to this, operators will result in a 10 per cent reduction in fuel consumption.

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Cummins has developed clean energy technology that can help businesses bridge the path toward net-zero.

To further drive decarbonisation initiatives, Cummins is looking at various other transitory technologies for the rail industry including the use of hybrid power and biofuels such as Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (HVO).

The strategic partnership between Cummins and rail equipment manufacturer Alstom is playing an important role in the implementation of new technologies, as the two companies prepare to deliver the 300th Cummins QSK19-powered VLocity railcar in Victoria.

Overseas in Europe, Alstom’s Coradia iLint emission free passenger trains have been in revenue service since 2018, rendering Cummins as the first company in the world powering hydrogen fuel cell trains for commercial operation.

As the industry continues to see a broad range of low-emission power solutions and connected technologies being introduced to market, technological innovation, brand reputation and credibility remain core to Cummins’ business. And it is these values that will serve as the foundation for the next generation of rail power solutions.

Explore the next generation of rail power with Cummins an exclusive webinar event ‘The Future of Rail is Clean’ hosted by Rail Express Magazine, and get ahead of the curve on clean power technologies for the rail industry.

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Featured topics:

• Clean diesel – bridge power options
• Alternate fuels- NG and HVO
• Hybrid
• Battery electric
• H2 fuel cell and H2 hydrolysers and storage
• Reducing fuel consumption
• Lowering TCO
• Repowering an existing Tier 0 fleet


clean railNathan Usher, Manager for Rail, Locomotive and Defence Business, Asia Pacific at Cummins

Nathan’s entire work career has been in the heavy equipment industry in roles ranging from diesel technician to national account manager. In his current Asia Pacific role as manager of rail, locomotive and defence business, he leads and supports a team of account management professionals who are delivering Cummins power solutions to some of the world’s largest enterprises. Nathan is passionate about innovating for customer success as Cummins transitions to zero emission technologies by 2050.

clean railRajani Modiyani, New Power Solutions Leader for Global Rail Markets at Cummins

Rajani spearheads the new power activity for global rail markets, including technical and commercial initiatives. She works closely with global rail customers to enable their transition to decarbonised solutions in the most sustainable way. 2022 is Rajani’s 13th year at Cummins where she has held a variety of roles including technical and commercial areas both as an individual contributor and leading teams. Some recent highlights include Rajani’s role in the formation of the Innovation Program for Power Systems business unit, and leading marketing activities for the Next Generation engine program for industrial markets, including rail and mining. Rajani has led the off highway regulatory team working closely with EPA and CARB to certify the Cummins line of Tier 4 diesel engines. Rajani has a formal education in engineering and finance, including her engineering degree from Cummins College of Engineering for Women, in Pune, India.

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Scott Files, Director – Global Freight Rail Market Segment at Cummins

Scott recently transitioned from leading the Power Generation Product Management organisation to spearheading the Power System’s increased focus on the freight rail segment. Scott has served in a variety of roles, most of which blended technical, commercial, leadership, and customer facing aspects. Some recent highlights include serving on the management review group and leading the product marketing function for a next generation ICE platform, being site leader of the Daventry Technical Centre and the high horsepower diesel and natural gas engine current product engineering and development team, and establishing the new machine integration function while heading HHP Customer Engineering.

clean railMark Pellington – Rail Account Manager, South Pacific at Cummins

Mark’s career with Cummins began in the UK in 2001, where he spent three years based at the Central Rivers Depot supporting the Virgin Voyager and Midland Mainline fleets.  Mark moved to Australia in late 2004 to oversee the introduction of the Bombardier V’locity fleet into service.In late 2020 Mark moved into his current role whereby he not only is the Alstom account manager for the region but is looking to leverage his experience to build deeper and stronger relationships with all rail operators in Australia.