Optare chooses Allison xFE technology for extra fuel economy

Solo and Versa buses, which have demonstrated significant fuel savings in independent testing, were exhibited at Euro Bus Expo 2018 (30 Oct – 1 Nov, NEC, Birmingham, UK)

LEEDS, UK – British bus manufacturer Optare has become the first OEM to integrate Allison fully automatic transmissions with xFE™ fuel saving technology into all its single deck buses as standard equipment.

The decision follows recent independent testing conducted under conditions representative of actual service, where the Optare Euro 6 single deck range fitted with xFE™ transmission and Allison’s FuelSense® 2.0 Max fuel-efficiency software returned significantly improved fuel economy.

Optare showed Allison xFE-equipped Solo and Versa buses at Euro Bus Expo 2018, where two years ago, the Optare Metrocity xFE midi bus was launched. The Optare Solo will be equipped with the T 2100™ xFE and T 3270R xFE transmissions; both Metrocity and Tempo buses will be produced with the T 3270R xFE.

“Optare’s customers have been asking for more fuel-saving features and we are delighted to add value by providing improvement in fuel economy along with reliability and robustness, supported by our aftermarket network,” said Ashley Brooks, UK & ROI area director, Allison Transmission.

Allison’s xFE transmissions feature the latest advances in fuel-saving technology. Incorporating optimised gear ratios coupled with the FuelSense® Max package, xFE transmissions have been designed to deliver significantly more lock up operation and operate at lower engine speeds in higher ranges for further fuel economy improvements. Allison offers the following xFE models in Europe: the T 2100 xFE, T 3270R xFE, T3280 xFE, T3325 xFE and T3375 xFE.

Nov 06, 2018

About Allison Transmission

Allison Transmission (NYSE: ALSN) is the world’s largest manufacturer of fully automatic transmissions for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles and is a leader in electric hybrid-propulsion systems for city buses. Allison transmissions are used in a variety of applications including refuse, construction, fire, distribution, bus, motorhomes, defense and energy. Founded in 1915, the company is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA and employs approximately 2,700 people worldwide. With a market presence in more than 80 countries, Allison has regional headquarters in the Netherlands, China and Brazil with manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Hungary and India. Allison also has approximately 1,400 independent distributor and dealer locations worldwide. For more information, visit allisontransmission.com.