GALESBURG, Mich. — Eaton has announced its UltraShift Plus automated transmissions are now compatible with two-speed axles, increasing its coverage of the vocational segment.
The new compatibility provides costs savings over torque converter automatics, Eaton claims, adding the new offering will be a good fit for dump and heavy-haul applications.
The new features include enhanced gear reduction capabilities to maximize on/off road capabilities. It also allows for the elimination of gearboxes that are typically installed behind an automatic design. The result is a lower overall vehicle cost, excellent performance and less driveline complexity, Eaton says.
“We are always exploring new ways to expand our breadth of transmission products to best serve the commercial trucking industry,” said Ryan Trzybinski, product planning manager for Eaton. “Fleets that prefer to operate with two-speed axles now have an attractive transmission option to increase their efficiencies and improve performance.”
Two-speed axle software is being offered on all UltraShift Plus makes and models, with production set to begin in January 2015. There is no change to standard warranties.
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