UK fleet operators meet to tackle rising operating costs at Fuel Efficiency Forum

Inaugural CV fuel efficiency learning event took place at Millbrook Proving Ground on Wednesday, September 26th. Hosted by Allison Transmission, the forum gave the opportunity for a variety of technology providers to deliver informational presentations to industry members.


MILLBROOK, UK – Allison Transmission, commercial vehicle technology suppliers and bus and truck fleets from across the UK gathered for the inaugural Fuel Efficiency Forum on September 26th at Millbrook Proving Ground, Bedfordshire.

The aim was to stimulate discussion on fuel efficiency and present current and future developments in lubricants, engines and transmissions, aerodynamics, tires and fuel efficiency testing techniques. Speakers included Martin Flach, Product Director at Iveco UK; Daniel Geis-Esser, Research and Development Manager from Knorr-Bremse; Anthony Sale, Senior Engineer, Powertrain at Millbrook; Stuart Milne, Cluster Lubes Manager UK and Ireland at Exxon Mobil; Andy Mathias, TBR Product and Marketing Manager (UK) at Bridgestone; and Manlio Alvaro, European Marketing Manager for Allison Transmission.

Peter Shipp, Chairman and CEO of EYMS Group, a bus and coach operator based in Hull commented, “I came to the event to open my eyes to new ways to save fuel and to meet other businesses in the same position. There’s been a really interesting debate, and as a result I will be looking more closely into the fuel efficiency aspects of some vehicle components and maintenance activities that are provided by third parties.”

To demonstrate the potential impact of current developments on fuel efficiency, attendees were able to ride and drive a variety of Allison fully automatic transmission-equipped vehicles representing the bus, refuse, military and fire service industries. These included a Dennis Eagle Elite refuse, a Dagger fire truck and a MXT Husky supply vehicle.

The event was hosted by Allison Transmission and supported by Bridgestone UK, Knorr-Bremse Systems, Exxon Mobil, Iveco UK, Millbrook and Mitchell Powersystems.

Oct 07, 2012

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