The technology will enable school bus operators to update engine control modules over a secure Wi-Fi connection.
SmartEfficiency focuses on improved uptime, reliability, and fuel economy, according to Cummins. The supplier's 2017 school bus engine lineup offers diesel and natural gas options.
The new nine-liter diesel engine option will be available for the rear-engine Type D bus in 2017.
The 7.6L engine, which is remanufactured using a standard set of new parts, is available for 2007 to 2010 IC Bus 300 Series buses.
Delivery of the CE Series buses, which are equipped with Power Solutions International engines, began in June and will be complete in time for the 2016-17 school year.
INLINE 7, a wired and wireless datalink adapter, offers Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless connectivity while also providing traditional wired functionality via USB.
The medium duty engine will be available in Thomas Built Buses products starting in 2018.
Under the SmartEfficiency initiative, the engine supplier will announce multiple product-line improvements over the next 12 months.
Proheat X45 Plus is a diesel-powered engine pre-heating solution for quick and reliable cold weather starts, company officials said.
The supplier’s engine lineup meets the current EPA regulations and the second step in greenhouse gas and fuel-efficiency standards, which take effect in 2017.
At the NAPT trade show, the school bus OEM showcases its various options for engine and transmission. Also, the company plans to add a gasoline engine option in the near future, then natural gas as demand grows.
Powertrain Integration, which supplies the 8.0L PIthon propane engine for school buses, selects New Eagle to provide a PC-based diagnostic tool.
The repair kit from Strictly Diesel can address dipstick adapter leaks on International T444E engines, according to the company.