Allison Transmission unveils Fully-Automatic Hybrid for commercial vehicles

Allison Transmission Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ALSN) today unveiled its H 3000 hybrid-propulsion system for commercial vehicles at The Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. The new product is targeted for medium- and heavy-duty trucks in distribution, refuse, utility and shuttle applications.

"We're thrilled to bring Allison's world-renowned reliability, durability and technical expertise to a new hybrid product for our commercial truck and bus customers," said Laurie Tuttle, Vice President of Hybrid Programs for Allison Transmission.

The fully-automatic parallel hybrid-propulsion system is based on the Allison 3000 Series transmission which is matched with hybrid system components, including a motor-generator, power electronics and lithium-ion cell battery packs. Scalable to each application, the modular lithium-ion battery packs enable an optimal amount of energy capacity to be tailored to a specific vehicle or duty cycle, allowing for greater flexibility and performance.

"We began pioneering hybrid technology in 1989 and, since 2003, have delivered more than 5,000 hybrid-propulsion systems for the transit bus market," said Tuttle. "With the launch of the new H 3000, we'll now provide this technology for a much wider range of vehicles."

The H 3000 captures otherwise wasted energy during vehicle braking and uses it to assist in vehicle propulsion and powering of auxiliary equipment. The design features a torque converter fully-automatic transmission and the hybrid motor-generator which enables fleets to maximize efficiency while achieving outstanding performance and productivity.

Since the system is built with Allison's fully-automatic 3000 Series, it provides smooth, uninterrupted power to the wheels. The H 3000 will also come equipped with Allison's latest generation of electronic controls which offer a variety of features to further improve productivity and efficiency. Depending on vocation and duty cycle, the system is designed to offer fuel savings of up to 25 percent.

The H 3000 will remain on display this week at The Work Truck Show. Production is expected to begin later this year.