Cummins purchases battery development company

To advance its effort to become a global leader in electrification, Cummins Inc. has acquired battery designer and developer Brammo Inc.

Created in 2002, Brammo has made strides in developing electric energy storage technology for mobile and stationary applications. Working with several manufacturers, Brammo has developed electrification solutions ranging from 1.5 Kwh to clusters of 100 Kwh.

“To be a leading provider of electrified power systems, just as we are with diesel and natural gas driven powertrains, we must own key elements and subsystems of the electrification network,” said Tom Linebarger, chairman and CEO of Cummins Inc. “By adding the expertise of Brammo and its employees to Cummins, we are taking a step forward in our electrification business and differentiating ourselves from our competition. As always, when markets are ready, Cummins will bring our customers the right power solution at the right time to power their success.”

In June, Cummins announced its roadmap to electrification. With social demand for reduced emissions and noise, transit buses will be the first long range vehicles to hit the road with electrified powertrains within the company’s commercial and industrial scope.

Linebarger added the opportunity for electrification also exists within material handling and underground mining, due to enclosed spaces where zero emissions are an added benefit. In August, the company revealed a fully electric heavy-duty demonstration urban hauler tractor.

Operations from the Brammo acquisition will report to Cummins recently-formed Electrification Business and will continue to be based in Talent, Oregon.

“Brammo’s expertise across a broad range of applications uniquely positions us to enhance Cummins efforts to be a leader in the electrified power space,” said Craig Bramscher, chairman and CEO of Brammo. “We see this as a very exciting opportunity to continue changing the way the world moves and stores power.”

This acquisition is subject to the usual closing conditions and is expected to close by the end of the year.