For the 14th year, Allison Transmission is supporting the ALBUM Conference as a sponsor and exhibitor. The Allison team, led by UK and Ireland director, Ashley Brooks, will be on hand to discuss Allison’s fully automatic transmission technology to local bus managers from fleets around the UK.
An initiative presented by Allison to UK bus fleet operators at this year’s event is a programme to upgrade transmissions to one of the company’s xFE-equivalent models, featuring Fuel Sense 2.0 software.
Allison’s xFE, extra fuel economy, is being specified by fleets across the world, where it is reported to have resulted in significant fuel savings in real life operation, according to the company. In the UK, the upgrade opportunity applies to any bus with an existing Allison T2100 Series transmission from ADL, Optare or Wrightbus.
In September, Optare announced that all of its single-deck buses would be fitted with Allison’s xFE technology. This followed the launch of the Optare Metrocity xFE midi-bus in 2016, which became Low Emission Bus-accredited.
“We’re looking forward to being back with our ALBUM friends, this time in Cardiff,” says Ashley Brooks, area director UK & Ireland, Allison Transmission. “The event remains one of the best opportunities in the year to catch up with customers at both fleets and OEMs, while informing them of the latest technical developments, in a relaxed environment.”
Allison’s xFE transmissions incorporate optimised gear ratios, which, coupled with the FuelSense Max package, deliver significantly more lock-up operation and operate at lower engine speeds in higher ranges for further fuel economy improvements.