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Eaton centers on partnerships with Volvo, Paccar for fuel savings, driver retention

The Paccar MX13

The Trucker News Services

3/27/2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Power management company Eaton today announced that Volvo Trucks will offer the SmartAdvantage Powertrain in all VNL Series models and that an optimized version of its Fuller Advantage Series Automated 10-speed transmissions will be available on select Paccar trucks with the MX-13 engine.

Both moves are in order to maximize fuel efficiency in the two OEMs’ trucks, said Eaton spokesmen.

The SmartAdvantage powertrain offers a lighter weight, smooth, automated shifting and should help with driver retention, said Tim Sinden, president of North American Truck Operations for Eaton.

In response to a reporter’s question during an Eaton press event, Sinden added that the automated products have hit about a 20 percent adoption rate this year, and he predicted in the next three to five years the acceptance rate will increase to about 30 percent.

The technology has three drivers, he said: fuel economy, reduction of CO² and the skill level of drivers.

The SmartAdvantage powertrain is designed to enhance the time spent in a diesel engine’s most efficient rpm zone helping to reduce fuel consumption, a watchword again this year at the Mid-America Trucking Show here which continues through Saturday.

“Partnering with North American truck manufacturers to deliver integrated powertrain solutions is a key part of Eaton’s strategy,” said Sinden. “Eaton has a long history of providing our fleet customers with enhanced, optimized powertrain choices, and we believe this new offering for Volvo’s VNL Series will be well received by the marketplace and professional drivers.”

The SmartAdvantage Powertrain for Volvo combines a Fuller Advantage Series Automated Transmission with the Cummins ISX15 engine with SmartTorque2.

For Paccar, the MX-13 engine will be paired with the new Eaton Fuller Advantage 10-speed transmission and available for Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks in long-haul and regional applications.

By sensing the vehicle load and selecting the best shift points to match vehicle weight and road grade throttle position, this powertrain package can save up to 2 percent in fuel economy.

To date, Eaton has partnerships with Cummins, Daimler, Volvo and Paccar. Eaton also announced that the Cummins ISX12 G, a natural gas engine, will be available in 10- and 13-speed manual transmission and available by mid-year.

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