Allison Transmission has indicated its support of new standards issued by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regarding fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for medium and heavy-duty vehicles.
“Given the complexity of the medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicle manufacturing sector, we embraced the opportunity to work with the EPA and NHTSA to review technical issues and conduct additional testing in developing the new standards,” said Deborah Gordon, Vice President of mobile source emissions regulatory activities for Allison Transmission.
The Phase 2 program is expected to lower carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 1.1 billion t, save vehicle owners fuel costs of about US$170 billion, and reduce oil consumption by up to 2 billion bbl over the lifetime of the vehicles sold under the program. Phase 2 will also use emerging technologies that are not yet in widespread use.
“With the ability to recognise fuel-saving features in our transmissions, we support use of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Model (GEM) as the program’s primary certification tool,” said Gordon. “Our latest technologies are already enabling our customers to reduce fuel consumption and emissions without sacrificing performance.”
Allison’s newest products include FuelSense® and xFE technologies, and the TC10® transmission. FuelSense is the next generation in fuel-savings technology, for any vocational vehicle, which uses a unique set of software and electronic controls to improve fuel economy up to 20%.