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Iveco Stralis methane trucks with Allison transmissions make Transgourmet’s food transports more environmentally-friendly

Iveco Stralis methane trucks with Allison transmissions make Transgourmet’s food transports more environmentally-friendly

Allison Automatics are ideal for natural gas engines that have to endure heavy start-stop duty cycles of urban distribution vehicles

ULM, Germany – With the purchase of five Allison-equipped CNG vehicles, Transgourmet is making another step toward becoming the most sustainable company in the German food industry.

The food wholesaler is using methane-powered Iveco Stralis NP trucks equipped with Allison 3000 Series™ fully automatic transmissions in the course of a sustainable realignment of its fleet. The CNG vehicles are on the route in Ulm and are used in the city and its surrounding area.

Allison Automatics are ideal for natural gas engines that have to endure the heavy start-stop duty cycles of urban distribution vehicles. Natural gas engines are more responsive with an Allison Automatic. Allison’s torque converter technology supports the natural gas engine during vehicle start-ability by smoothly multiplying the engine torque and delivering more power to the wheels. Thus, the vehicles provide the best performance and use the fuel most efficiently. Thanks to Allison’s Continuous Power Technology™ the vehicles can easily swim with the traffic, because power interrupts are eliminated.

Since July 2018, Transgourmet has transported its extensive product portfolio to hotels, restaurants, canteens, group catering events and other customers with its new gas trucks on topographically demanding routes, with a daily average of around 200 kilometers. According to Iveco, the vehicles cover distances of up to 550 kilometers depending on the tank volume and only have to be refueled once every second day, even though the cooling unit is also powered by the vehicle’s engine.

“Because the commercial vehicle market currently doesn’t offer a comparable economically and environmentally-friendly alternative, we have chosen the natural gas trucks with Allison transmissions,” explained Sven Sauerwein, Head of Logistic Services Transgourmet Central and Eastern Europe. “So far, we only heard good things about this vehicle configuration and we are excited that it meets our high expectations in terms of energy efficiency, environmental protection, noise reduction and driving comfort.”

The helical gears of the Allison transmission help vehicles with natural gas engines to a quieter operation. Noise emissions of the Iveco Stralis NP are about 4 dBA lower than those of a comparable diesel truck. Already a reduction of the noise level by 3 dBA is perceived by the human ear as noise reduction by 50 percent. Thus, the natural gas vehicles are ideally suited for the use in the city.

The Iveco natural gas engines reduce particulate emissions by 95 percent, nitrogen oxides (NOx) by 60 percent, and CO2 emissions by up to 90 percent when using bio-methane. They achieve fuel savings of up to 15 percent compared to diesel trucks on the same route. Allison transmissions featuring FuelSense® 2.0, Allison's latest fuel-saving technology, may achieve even greater fuel savings. FuelSense® 2.0 uses a real-time learning algorithm that automatically adjusts the transmission control to load, speed and topography to find the ideal balance of fuel consumption and performance.

The five CNG vehicles, four 18-ton Iveco Stralis NP type AD190S33/FP CNG 4x2 and one 26-ton Iveco Stralis NP type AD260S33Y/FS CNG 6x2, are equipped with Allison 3000 Series™ transmissions and feature a CURSOR 8 Euro 6 engine that delivers 243 kW (325 hp).

Transgourmet is keen to increase road safety. Since 2015, the company is training its drivers in its own truck academy and preparing them due to track-related difficulties they might encounter during their daily delivery tours. On customer request, the five natural gas vehicles are equipped with turning assistance systems. Allison transmissions also contribute to improving road safety. Drivers can focus on traffic and immediate surroundings, as they do not have to focus on shifting. Thanks to the Allison transmissions, vehicles can be maneuvered more easily in confined spaces as well as in narrow and parked streets which also simplifies deliveries in inner-city traffic.


Overview Iveco Stralis NP AD190S33/FP CNG with Allison 3000 Series™ transmissions

End user

Transgourmet Deutschland GmbH & Co. OHG

Chassis (manufacturer/type)

Iveco Stralis NP, AD190S33/FP CNG 4x2, two-axle vehicles

Number of vehicles at end user

4 vehicles

Engine

CURSOR 8

Engine output

243 kW (325 hp)

Torque

max. 1300 Nm

Transmission

Allison 3000 Series™ with FuelSense 2.0

Exhaust gas class

Euro 6

Gross vehicle weight

18 Tons

Special equipment

turning assistance systems
ECO-Drive of Carrier Transicold for cooling unit

Overview Iveco Stralis NP AD260S33Y/FS CNG with Allison 3000 Series™ transmission

End user

Transgourmet Deutschland GmbH & Co. OHG

Chassis (manufacturer/type)

Iveco Stralis NP, AD260S33Y/FS CNG 6x2, three- axle vehicle

Number of vehicles at end user

1 vehicle

Engine

CURSOR 8

Engine output

243 kW (325 hp)

Torque

max. 1300 Nm

Transmission

Allison 3000 Series™ with FuelSense 2.0

Exhaust gas class

Euro 6

Gross vehicle weight

26 tons

Special equipment

turning assistance systems
ECO-Drive of Carrier Transicold for cooling unit


Dec 07, 2018

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