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Volvo’s Adaptive Gearing

Posted: April 17, 2017 by Jim Park

 

Volvo Trucks has put a new spin on an old powertrain management strategy; by locking out top gear on its I-Shift overdrive transmission, drivers can pull loads efficiently in 11th gear (direct drive) and still get the performance they want. When running empty, sensors in the transmission and the suspension sense the lower weight and unlock 12th gear, which is overdrive. The truck can cruise home in at a very low engine speed at a higher road speed.

This video explains how Adaptive Gearing works and features more excerpts from an interview with Gene Brice, co-owner of Idaho Milk Transport. Adaptive Gearing is ideally suited to tank fleets that run about half their miles empty, and when you hear Brice’s fuel economy with this system, you’ll be asking if it can work for you too.

And don’t forget to check out our Focus On report on Volvo’s Adaptive Loading system to see what it has to offer. 

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