GREENSBORO, N.C. — Volvo’s I-Shift automated manual transmission can now be deployed into severe-service applications.
A more rugged version of the transmission has been developed and will be available for order in May in Volvo VHD vocational trucks. It can handle on- and off-road construction applications and others that require frequent shifting.
The I-Shift is available on VHD models powered by the Volvo D11 and D13 engines and is standard on VHDs at a certain weight rating. Currently, 75% of Volvo trucks sold in North America are spec’d with I-Shift.
“With this new rugged Volvo I-Shift, we now offer the efficiency and productivity benefits of our automated manual transmission and integrated powertrain to customers operating in tough vocational applications while providing improved uptime and longer component life,” said Gӧran Nyberg, president of Volvo Trucks North America. “Volvo Trucks is committed to delivering solutions tailored to our customers’ specific applications.”
Suitable applications for the new I-Shift include construction, oilfield, logging, snow plow and heavy-haul. Gears and other hardware have been hardened to take the extra punishment and frequent shifting, Volvo claims. Other enhancements include a high-range hardened cone, improved split synchronizer components and main box parts fashioned from reinforced material.
“The heavier loads, uneven terrain and frequent shifting typical of heavy-duty vocational duty cycles require a more rugged transmission,” said Chris Stadler, Volvo Trucks regional haul marketing manager. “The reinforced components and improved serviceability of the I-Shift for severe-duty applications translate to lower maintenance costs and more time on the worksite producing revenue. The transmission also offers customers a broader payload range, which can help enhance the truck’s profitability and versatility.”
The ruggedized I-Shift will be standard on VHD trucks with heavier weight ratings – 66,000-lb GVWR for straight trucks and 125,000-lb GCWR for tractors. It will be offered as an option on vehicles with lighter weight ratings.