Allison Transmission, Inc. has announced that its transmissions are the exclusive offering in Freightliner's natural gas vehicles, including the new Cascadia 113 Natural Gas day cab tractor.
The Cascadia 113 Natural Gas tractor will be equipped with the new Cummins Westport ISX12 G heavy duty engine and with Allison 4000 Series transmissions exclusively at launch. Allison 3000 Series transmissions are also exclusive in Freightliner's M2 112 and 114SD vehicles with the Cummins Westport ISL G 8.9L engine.
"Allison transmissions are the ideal option for alternative fuel vehicles because of their torque converter technology that results in improved startability at the launch of the vehicle, full power shifts and better performance," said Robert Carrick, vocational sales manager – natural gas, for Freightliner Trucks.
Allison's fully automatic transmissions are integrated into the majority of natural gas-powered commercial truck units sold in the US. A key component of Allison's natural gas advantage is the fact that other transmission technology inherently interrupts power and struggles to overcome the natural gas engine's longer torque response time.
"Natural gas technology is an exciting option in the commercial trucking market and we're proud that Allison is a leader in this area," said Jim Wanaselja, vice president North American marketing, sales and service, for Allison Transmission, Inc. "Customers anxious to experience the new Cascadia 113 Natural Gas tractor will be able to take advantage of all that natural gas engines have to offer while getting Allison's renowned reliability, durability and performance."
The Cascadia 113 Natural Gas tractor is currently in the initial launch phase and is expected to go into full production in the second quarter of 2013.