Refuse, Utility and Other Big Trucks Now Have a Hybrid Option from Allison

Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. has debuted its H 3000 hybrid propulsion system for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles in the distribution, refuse, utility and shuttle sectors.

The fully automatic parallel hybrid system is based on the Allison 3000 transmission paired with a motor-generator, power electronics and lithium-ion battery packs. The modular battery packs allow an optimal amount of energy capacity to be tailored to a specific vehicle or duty cycle, the company says.

‘We began pioneering hybrid technology in 1989 and, since 2003, have delivered more than 5,000 hybrid propulsion systems for the transit bus market,’ comments Laurie Tuttle, vice president of hybrid programs for Allison Transmission. ‘With the launch of the new H 3000, we'll now provide this technology for a much wider range of vehicles.’

The H 3000 comes equipped with Allison's latest generation of electronic controls, which are designed to improve productivity and efficiency. Depending on vocation and duty cycle, the system can offer fuel savings of up to 25%.

Production of the H 3000 is expected to begin later this year.

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