Hino Trucks will be offering the Eaton UltraShift Highway Value automated transmission on its 2009 model year 268A and 338 truck models, the company has announced.
The company says the new option will offer fuel and operational savings over conventional automatics. When spec’d with the 268A and 338, Hino said customers will now be able to enjoy optimum fuel efficiency and simpler maintenance in Class 6 and 7 applications.
“The UltraShift transmission has been designed to be fuel efficient from the start,” said Fran Duffy, business unit manager, Eaton’s light and medium-duty transmission division. “The UltraShift HV delivers fuel efficiency from about 3 mph and up, where a conventional automatic wastes fuel until ‘lock-up’ occurs at approximately 24 mph.”
To back up those claims, Eaton officials cited results from an independent SAE J1526/TMC Type III fuel consumption test which compared the UltraShift HV to conventional automatic transmissions. The tests showed the Eaton UltraShift HV achieved fuel savings ranging from 6-19%, depending on duty-cycle. With today’s diesel prices, that can amount to a savings of $700 to $1,300 per year, Eaton officials claim.
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