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Cummins QSF2.8 To Power Chinese Forklifts

Posted on May 19, 2014

The Cummins QSF2.8 diesel is being used in a new series of compact forklift trucks targeting the European market. The new lift trucks were revealed on the opening day of the CeMAT show in Hannover, Germany.

With a 48 hp (36 kW) rating, the 2.8 L engine will be available in the Hangcha XF Series of forklift trucks ranging from 1.5 to 3.5 metric tons (3300 to 7700 lb.) lift capacity and the Heli H Series of forklift trucks from 2.0 to 3.5 metric tons (4406 to 7716 lb.) lift capacity.

Hangcha and Heli are the two largest manufacturers of forklift trucks in China and are expanding their presence in markets around the world. "The latest Hangcha and Heli forklift trucks on show at CeMAT meet a growing market demand for cleaner, more efficient and lower cost operation, and we are very pleased to see our QSF2.8 engine contributing to the superior performance these lift trucks will now provide," said Hugh Foden, executive director - Cummins Off-Highway Business.

Built in China, Cummins said the QSF2.8 offers forklift truck manufacturers the ability to install a single engine platform to meet all emissions requirements across a broad 46 to 74 hp (34 to 55 kW) range, which represents the high volume market for diesel-powered counterbalanced trucks. A 3.8 L version of the QSF Series with 85 to 130 hp (63 to 97 kW) ratings is scheduled to follow the QSF2.8, applicable for forklift trucks with up to 10 metric ton (22,046 lb.) lift capacity and above, Cummins said.

To meet emissions regulations such as European Union (EU) Stage 3a, the engine is naturally aspirated up to 60 hp (45 kW), with a small wastegate turbocharger added for applications up to 72 hp (54 kW), without the need for charge-air cooling.

To meet EU Stage 3b and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier 4 final low emissions regulations, a cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system is incorporated, fitting within the existing envelope. The light flow EGR system enables a simple diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) to be used as the exhaust aftertreatment.

The QSF2.8 off-highway engine shares a parent design with the preceding ISF2.8 engine, already proven in tough, on-highway truck applications worldwide. The Cummins 2.8 L engine and the higher-output 3.8 L version of the F Series are manufactured in Beijing.