Perkins is engaging in a battery programme as part of its ongoing initiative to help the company’s customer base of more than 800 OEMs excel during the energy transition.
Perkins engineers are currently developing and field testing 48-volt, 300-volt, and 600-volt battery configurations that can be leveraged by OEMs in the construction, industrial, materials handling and agricultural industries.
The lithium-ion batteries are a robust, modular design and feature factory-installed telematics to optimise performance and packaging in off-highway applications. They are also being designed for recycling and reuse at the end of life to incorporate sustainability across their entire life cycle.
Beyond navigating a wide and expanding selection of power solutions that improve sustainability, OEM engineering departments also face the growing complexity of integrating lower-carbon alternatives. Building on its hybrid-electric, hybrid-mechanical and hybrid-hydraulic programmes launched in 2019, Perkins is strategically positioned to further help OEMs through the energy transition.
Perkins engineers support the launch of next-generation off-highway powertrains by leveraging millions of hours of enterprise machine operating expertise combined with leading-edge integration, mechanical, electrical, software and controls engineering capabilities.
In addition to our field proven technology, Perkins is also able to offer integration expertise to OEMs through our Customer Machine Engineering Team. This team steers projects from concepts to prototypes to functional, fully tested machines by evaluating system requirements; optimising system architectures; managing system controls development, calibration and verification; and performing final system validation.
Perkins all-encompassing integrated powertrain resources help OEMs jumpstart development programmes and accelerate products to market, and they are especially useful for customers looking for additional skillsets and insight.
Perkins continues to invest in new engine technologies, including dual label certification for EU Stage V and U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final. By optimising the efficiency of the entire engine system from the air intake to the end of the exhaust pipe, Perkins has developed a full range of engines from 0.5 to 18 litres and 8.2 to 597 kW (11-800 hp) with an integrated suite of advanced technologies that not only reduce GHG emissions, but also deliver significant improvements in power density, performance and operating efficiency.
The emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases associated with these engines can be reduced by up to 85 percent1 through the use of renewable, lower-carbon intensity fuels derived from sources including planted crops (soy, palm, rapeseed, etc.), used cooking oil, animal fat, biomass, algae, and others. Every industrial Perkins engine from the 400 Series through the 2800 Series can use low carbon-intensity fuels that meet the leading industry diesel fuel specifications2.
Additionally, Perkins offers a powerful and growing portfolio of connectivity solutions that can help OEMs promote the optimal, sustainable performance of diesel engines. Available as a standalone service from Perkins or easily integrated with OEM fleet management offerings, connected engine capabilities deliver timely insights through a customisable dashboard of performance, fuel and oil consumption, and other vital engine data points that can maximise the uptime of Perkins-powered machines and fleets.
These connectivity offerings are seamlessly integrated with expert maintenance and service capabilities from the Perkins global distributor network to prompt the proactive diagnosis and resolution of engine issues, helping technicians get the job right first time to minimise downtime and repair expenses.
For example, the free Perkins® My Engine App has been downloaded more than 100,000 times since its introduction in 2017. It reduces paperwork and improves productivity by providing service reminders, electronic service logs, service publications, quick links to distributors, and simplified sharing of engine data for customers, which is especially useful for rental companies.
The global network of 88 Perkins distributors can help OEMs enhance the sustainability of their equipment through numerous aftermarket capabilities. With solutions designed around customer business needs, Perkins offers a full suite of options to support all stages in an engine’s life. Including genuine parts, oil, coolant, fluid testing, engine inspections, preventative maintenance, the Perkins® Platinum Protection extended warranty, and expert technicians, they support high performance, long life and a lower total cost of ownership.
Additionally, Perkins distributors offer repowers and replacement engines that extend the life of machines, as well as remanufactured engine components through the Perkins® Power Exchange scheme. Sustainability can also be improved during basic maintenance with Perkins® Ecoplus fuel filters, which feature an element-based design that eliminates the metal housing and centre tube, requiring fewer materials, minimising waste and enabling recycling after use.
“As the industry enters the energy transition away from carbon, our range of innovations shows how we’re helping customers improve jobsite performance, provide reliable electric power, and achieve business outcomes—all while improving efficiency and powering human progress,” said Jaz Gill, Perkins Vice President of global sales, marketing, service and parts. “From biodiesel and lower-carbon intensity fuels to battery power and hydrogen blends and beyond, our decade-long exploration into alternative fuels and highly collaborative approach have kept us moving steadily to more sustainable outcomes for our customers.”
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