Columbus-based engine manufacturer Cummins is the first company in the nation to produce a heavy-duty engine which meets fuel standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency for 2013 and 2014.
The EPA’s 2014 fuel standards are the first to affect the heavy-duty truck engines Cummins produces. Cummins earned the first EPA certification for such engines this week.
IU Kelley School of Business professor John Maxwell says getting ahead of the environmental curve could be beneficial to future business. Maxwell says Cummins may now be asked to work with the EPA to develop future fuel standards, giving the firm a competitive advantage.
“They wanna push the companies for sure, but they don’t wanna set unrealistic standards,” Maxwell says. ”So, if you’re demonstrating your ability to meet standards early, then they’re more likely to call upon companies like Cummins.”
Cummins spokesperson Jon Mills says the engines technically did not need approval for another year, but the early approval may now offer the chance to focus on meeting other regulations.
“We’re ahead of schedule, we’re ahead of the regulations that take effect, and we’re trying to do that across the enterprise,” Mills says.
Mills says Cummins will use the new technology to upgrade all of its heavy-duty and mid-range engines.