Isuzu announces Cummins-powered electric F series for 2026

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Isuzu is excited to announce the development of all-new, zero-emission Isuzu class 6 & 7 F series trucks utilizing an Accelera by Cummins battery-electric powertrain for both the US and Canada. They’re so excited, in fact, that they’re announcing it two years ahead of time!

I don’t want to be too hard on Isuzu here. They have a long history of building bulletproof diesel engines and solid, dependable trucks that are so easy to drive that even novices can confidently wheel the (relatively) compact cabovers around tight urban cityscapes. Besides, it will basically look like a 2024 F series, above, but be electric.

That said, “Pictures of the truck will come at a later date. Any questions, please let me know,” makes it tough to share in Isuzu’s excitement. The official press release is short on specs, too, so while we know that the upcoming electric F series will be bowered by Accelera’s “next generation” lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery technology, we don’t have any information about battery size, power, or expected range.

We do, however, have quotes – and I’ve included both of them for you. First this one …

With the start of production of our Isuzu class 5 N-Series EV coming this summer and with the future addition of the Isuzu battery electric class 6 & 7 truck, we will be able to provide zero emission solutions across our product line-up. This will also improve the breadth of our overall offerings providing customers the ability to choose the product and propulsion system that best fits their needs.

Shaun Skinner; Executive Officer, Isuzu Motors Limited

… and then this one ….

Partnership and collaboration is critical to supporting customers through the energy transition. Together with Isuzu, and our joint commitment to innovation, we will provide customers with safe, reliable zero-emissions solutions.

Amy Davis; President, Accelera by Cummins

… once that “later date” rolls around and we get some pictures and specs, we’ll let you know. In the meantime, Isuzu says it plans to have the new electric version of its F series truck available for customers by 2026. No pricing was given in the press release.

Elektrek’s Jo’s Take

2026, you might notice, is still two years away. I would think that’s more than enough time to put together some specs and a rendering or two.

At the very least, however, it seems like someone at Isuzu is getting on board with medium-duty EVs – and the collaboration with Cummins (once considered an arch-rival level competitor to the “Duramax” branded Isuzu diesels that appeared in GM’s pickups throughout the late 90s and early 00s) seems to imply that the company is open to exploring new ways to stay relevant in the rapidly changing commercial truck space. All of that feels like extremely positive news, but that’s just my opinion, what’s yours?

Scroll on down to the comments and let us know whether you think the Cummins/Isuzu collaboration is newsworthy on its own, or if we really could have held out for some more information.

SOURCE: ISUZU.

UPDATE: per an email received at 9:26AM CST 14MAY2024, I can expect to receive pictures of the truck, “later this year.” (Really.)

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