Cummins Inc. has commissioned its diesel hybrid solution in partnership with one of China’s leading haul truck manufacturers, North Hauler JSC, Ltd. (NHL), demonstrating progress in decarbonization for industrial customers.

The hybrid NHL NTH260, a 220-metric-ton (mt) payload mining truck, rolled off the production line in January and is headed to Baogang’s Baiyun iron ore mine to begin field testing in March. Cummins’ optimized hybrid system allows the truck engine to be downsized from the previous 2,500-hp QSK60 to the current 2,000-hp, two-stage QSK50.

“We’re excited to share this significant milestone in our journey to advance bridge technologies and provide our mining customers with innovative, practical decarbonization solutions,” said Jenny Bush, president, Cummins Power Systems, who joined key leaders from Cummins Power Systems China for the commissioning ceremony in the NHL industrial park in Bautou, China.

The truck is expected to provide a leading total cost of ownership based on initial cost advantages, fuel efficiency and extended service life of the engine. Improved fuel efficiency directly correlates to emissions and GHG reduction. Advanced hybrids have the potential to improve fuel efficiency up to 30%, depending on the mine profile and advanced battery technology and controls integration.

“Our partnership with Cummins spans 40 years and advancing the hybridization of our equipment is another demonstration of what we can accomplish together for the benefit of miners globally,” said Haiquan Guo, general manager, NHL. NHL produces trucks with payloads that range from 35 to 360 metric tons, with Cummins as the standard engine.