Allison transmission enables DP Åkeri to be more productive with a smaller engine

Continuous Power Technology provides seamless acceleration for delivering more per day

OSKARSTRÖM, SwedenSept., 2016 – When DP Åkeri recently invested in a new Scania G 490 8x4 off-road truck, the company chose a smaller engine with a fully automatic Allison 4000 Series™ transmission to maximize productivity.

"Thanks to the Allison Automatic, I could choose to use a smaller and lighter engine than I would with other transmissions and still be as productive,” said Paul Nilsson of DP Åkeri. A smaller engine is cheaper to operate and lighter too. That’s a significant advantage to maximize cargo. The automatic transmission offers benefits on both ends, so to speak."

DP Åkeri was founded in the early ‘70s by Sven Nilsson, and is today run by his sons Daniel and Paul. The company specializes in operating heavy transports with gravel and other filling materials for construction companies in the surrounding areas of Halmstad.

“We often transport heavy loads both in gravel pits and city environments and, from time to time, even on highways,” said Paul Nilsson. “When it was time to replace one of our trucks, we decided it was a good opportunity to equip it with an Allison transmission."

Allison’s patented Continuous Power Technology delivers smooth, seamless, full-power shifts for superior acceleration. Each shift is made automatically when appropriate, allowing drivers to precisely manage performance and exercise superior vehicle control. An Allison fully automatic transmission maximizes power while a manual or automated manual transmission (AMT) loses power with every shift. Allison Automatics eliminate power interrupts so drivers can accomplish more, even with a smaller engine.

"The acceleration from a stop on flat ground is unbelievable. I have no problems to follow the traffic rhythm,” said Nilsson. “Traction is continuous without jerks through gear shifts. On average, I have time for an extra load a day, depending on driving distance. It is a positive for profitability."

Allison transmissions feature a torque converter to smoothly multiply engine torque, delivering more power to the wheels. By multiplying the engine power, drivers get increased performance, faster acceleration and greater operational flexibility.

Stopping a fully-loaded truck and trailer in a gravel pit can be a nightmare for any driver, but not for Nilsson: "With the fully automatic transmission, it's a walk in the park. You don't have to plan for difficult stops. Just push the throttle, and you will get there without any problems."

Fuel consumption of Nilsson’s Allison-equipped Scania averages 50l/100km while regularly operating at 60 ton gross combination weight with the trailer attached an estimated 85 percent of the time. This demonstrates the ability of a fully automatic transmission to compete with the fuel economy of any other transmission solution.

Sep 21, 2016

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