The Antarctic is as off-highway as off-highway gets. The coldest, driest, and windiest continent on Earth, 98% of its area is covered in ice to an average thickness of 1.6 km (1 mi). With limited maintenance facilities in Antarctica and the nearest workshop thousands of miles away, it is essential that maintenance requirements be kept to a minimum.
Hybrid and electric vehicles are being eyed by the military, which has often found it difficult to supply fuel when many vehicles are on the move. But a number of challenges must be overcome before warfighters see electrified vehicles in the field.
Collaboration has become a watchword for the many aspects of vehicle development projects over the past years as cost-strapped vehicle makers added complex electronic features and functions to vehicles. Military developers also are planning to use even more of these linkups as military budget cuts loom.
In a joint effort with Allison Transmission, Shell Lubricants offers Shell Spirax S6 ATF A295 synthetic automatic transmission fluid to extend drain intervals.
Development of high-efficiency transmissions appropriate for light-passenger, off-highway, and commercial vehicles is the basis for strategic alliances involving Allison Transmission, Dana, and Fallbrook Technologies.
Torotrak has partnered with Allison Transmission to develop a medium-duty truck transmission that will feature full-toroidal transmission technology.
Allison Transmission Inc. has entered into a long-term business agreement with Delphi Automotive Systems, LLC, with Delphi supplying to Allison hybrid-drive system components and energy storage systems.
Allison Transmission Inc. announced its plans to build a new state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Szentgotthard, Hungary. Following both corporate and local governmental approvals for the new manufacturing facility, Allison Transmission intends to launch the project as soon as possible.
Allison Transmission Inc. was awarded a $62.8 million U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Grant to continue its efforts to design, develop, and manufacture a cost-competitive commercial hybrid truck drive system.
Allison Transmission Inc. opened a 203,000-ft² (18,860-m²) multipurpose operations facility located on the outskirts of Chennai in May to help the company satisfy “steadily growing” demand for its fully automatic transmissions in India.
PACCAR and Allison Transmission engineers are working together on an engineering program to release the fully automatic Allison TC10 in Kenworth T680 and T880 and Peterbilt Models 567 and 579 with both PACCAR and Cummins engines.
Allison Transmission is offering a new option to fully electrify components used with its H 40/50 EP hybrid propulsion system for transit buses and coaches. Co-developed with Vanner Inc., Increased Accessory Power II provides power from the hybrid system to accessories such as electric air conditioning, electric air compressors, and power steering systems.
Allison Transmission Holdings' new 9832 Oil Field Series model offers 3200 hp (2386 kW) for pressure pumping in tough environments.
As the bandwidth of cellular links rises, off-highway suppliers and users alike are striving to get more and more functionality.