6 Cylinder

The Perkins® 1500 Series gives electric power customers the perfect balance of low ownership costs, world-class power density and dependable performance. With a proven, validated core, robust fuel system and excellent capability at altitude and in intense heat, these engines provide an ideal solution for customers operating in tough climate conditions.

The Perkins 1500 Series is a dependable and cost effective fuel optimised engine solution designed to meet the needs of electric power customers in territories, such as Africa, the Middle East, China, South America and South East Asia. It also provides EU Stage II/U.S. EPA Tier 2 equivalent emissions standards where it’s needed.

The series features an 8.8 litre, 6 cylinder air-to-air turbocharged diesel engine. It meets the key power nodes from 200-330 kVA in prime and standby ratings, and is easily switchable from 50-60 Hz.

The engines in the 1500 Series build on a proven, validated core which has been used by Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) for decades, operating for millions of hours. This is important as the engine is ideally suited to supplying back-up power for health facilities and prime power for factory units, although its use extends to many other applications.

Improved performance from the 1500 Series delivers more power from a smaller engine. It’s an impressive performer, delivering improved load acceptance, better fuel consumption and improvement when used at altitude.


The engines in the 1500 Series build on a proven, validated core.

1500 Series

Perkins® 1500 Series engine range

“The engines are designed to provide reliable power even in the most extreme climates and have performed above and beyond customers' expectations in ambient testing.”
Swapnil Padate, product marketing manager

The 1500 Series is built to provide dependable performance in challenging conditions and will exceed customers’ expectations in hot climate areas, particularly as it’s fitted with a tropical radiator that delivers excellent ambient capability.

Lower operating costs

The 1500 Series in designed to provide low cost of ownership, simple maintenance and reduced downtime. Oil change intervals are set at 500 hours as standard. One of its most impressive benefits is a fuel saving of up to seven percent on previous models. This is significant in terms of reducing ownership and operating costs. In fact, five to seven years of fuel savings at this level will pay for the entire cost of the engine.

Performance you can rely on

Our 1500 Series has world-class power density that is achieved using a hydraulic actuated unit injection (HEUI) fuel system. This makes the engine robust enough for any territory as it can cope with the variation in fuel quality around the world. The engines are also designed to provide reliable power even in the most extreme climates and performed above and beyond expectations in ambient testing. It also has an improved capability of up to eight percent at altitude making it a durable and dependable performer.

Greater functionality

A great feature of the series is the ease with which users can move between 50-60 Hz power frequencies. So if you’re a rental company shipping generators into territories that operate different electrical frequencies you just flick a switch to meet local requirements. There’s no technician to call, making life easier for you and the operator.