Allison Transmission to manufacture new hybrid commercial-duty truck drive systems in Indianapolis

  • 06-Jul-2010 05:01 EDT

Allison Transmission will use technology from its hybrid city buses to manufacture new hybrid commercial-duty truck drive systems. The company has been producing hybrid propulsion systems for city transit buses since 2003.

Allison Transmission Inc. has dedicated a new manufacturing plant in Indianapolis that will increase the nation's capacity to manufacture cost-efficient, fuel-efficient commercial-duty hybrid truck propulsion systems. Once fully operational, nearly 100 manufacturing workers will be capable of producing more than 20,000 commercial-duty hybrid propulsion systems each year. This new Allison hybrid propulsion system captures kinetic energy otherwise wasted as a vehicle decelerates and later reuses the energy to propel or reaccelerate the vehicle. The recovered energy can also be used to power vehicle accessories. Fuel-economy improvements from other Allison hybrid products are typically in the range of 20-30% and greater. The new Allison Transmission commercial-duty truck products will benefit from the company's expertise in the design, manufacture, and customer support of both its fully automatic transmissions and its established city transit bus hybrid products.

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