Achates Power has appointed David Crompton as president and CEO, joining the company after 28 years with Cummins where he served as president of both the engine business and power systems business.
Crompton has experience in the powertrain industry covering pick-up trucks, commercial vehicles, military and off-road industries. He replaces David Johnson in the role who will remain an adviser to Achates.
The appointment comes at a critical time for Achates Power, as the company plans to implement an opposed-piston engine and the company and investors have committed additional funding to speed up the design’s implementation into the marketplace.
"Achates Power can make a positive impact on the future of transportation and industrial power by providing a superior option to deliver high efficiency and low emissions across current and future markets,” said John Wall, chairman of the board for Achates Power. “The Board and Investors have full confidence in the work that the Achates Power team is doing and the ability for Dave Crompton to help bring to market an ultra-clean, ultra-efficient, low-cost internal combustion engine."
In 2018, Achates demonstrated a 2.7-liter Light-Duty Demonstration Vehicle and continued to develop its opposed piston gasoline compression ignition engine, and received funding from the California Air Resources Board for a heavy-duty opposed engine demonstration program.