The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association commissioned an Economic Impact Study on the RV industry, released on June 7, 2016. The study found that the RV industry contributes about $49.7 billion in economic output or 0.28 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. Through its production and distribution linkages, the industry impacts firms in 426 of the 440 sectors of the United States economy.
Nationwide, the industry is responsible for 216,170 jobs, both directly and inderectly, creating an economic impact of $37.5 billion. The full study results, along with each individual state and congressional district's economic impact is available on the website by clicking here .
Mon Jan 8, 2018
Starting in 2019, sX12-powered motor coaches from Cummins Inc. will be available for delivery from Motor Coach Industries (MCI), a subsidary of New Flyer Industries Inc (“NFI Group“), the largest transit bus manufacturer and parts distributor in North America.
“Over the years of working with MCI, we’ve learned that coach customers expect their engines to provide the power they need in the lightest, smallest, most fuel efficient package that keeps them on the road,“ says Laura Chasse, general manager of Cummins North America Bus Engine Business, in a press release from the Columbus, Indiana, firm.
The Cummins X12 features a sculpted block design resulting in a remarkably low engine weight of 2,150 pounds by eliminating unnecessary mass without compromising rigidity and performance. Delivering up to 455 horsepower (339 kW), and a power-to-weight ratio of 0.21 horsepower per pound.
The XPI fuel system, derived from the X15 engine, is scaled down in size for the 12-liter platform, but retains all the same robust characteristics. Along with the XPI fuel system, the Variable Geometry Turbocharger is central to the X12 engine architecture, providing versatility to meet the challenges of light-urban, sub-urban or inter-city drive cycles while delivering best-in-class uptime.
The X12 uses the latest Single Module after-treatment system, which takes up to 60 percent less space and weighs up to 40 percent less than prior after-treatment configurations. Combined engine and after-treatment weight for the X12 is around 2,340 pounds, which company officials say is significantly lower than that of any other heavy-duty engine.
The technology decisions made with the X12 has reduced the size and weight of the overall system, the release states, offering more room in the engine compartment and improved serviceability.
“We are always looking for ways to improve the service and maintenance efficiency for technicians,“ says Patrick Scully, the MCI executive vice president of sales and marketing. “Validation work for the new engine has been underway since 2017 and will continue through to product launch in 2019, but by providing the latest technologies and the lightest heavy-duty engine in its class, we expect our customers to experience the lowest total cost of ownership with MCI coaches.
“We are excited about the value Cummins and Motor Coach Industries will bring to the market with the next-generation X12. Built around improved uptime, fuel economy and providing a class-leading power-to-weight ratio, this really is an engine that is worth its weight,” said Laura Chasse, General Manager – Cummins North America Bus Engine Business.
The X12 will be available in J4500, D-Series, Commuter Coach, and Inmate Specialty Coaches starting in 2019.