In the news this week from Diesel News, there is a New Paccar AMT, Terrorism Alert and Electric Vans, in reports from around the world.
In the US, Paccar has released an automated manual transmission (AMT) specifically designed to work with the Paccar MX engine. Coming in at under 300kg in weight, it is 90kg lighter than the 10-speed Eaton AMT it is intended to replace.
The gearbox has been developed from the ground up as an AMT and not as a manual transmission with automatic activators. It has been developed by Eaton for Paccar with input from Cummins, as part of the close technology cooperation between the transmission and engine maker.
Implications for the Australian market are, as yet, unclear. Paccar MX engines are not selling in big numbers here, but if the AMT is also integrated with the Cummins engine, the chance of Australia seeing the new AMT would be increased.
The Australian Government has issued security guidance for truck drivers and operators, after the events in Barcelona last week. The fact sheet provides practical security advice to the trucking industry to help prevent vehicles being used in attacks. It can be downloaded here.
Deutsche Post DHL Group and Ford presented the first of their jointly produced electric delivery vans in Germany this week. The van, called the StreetScooter WORK XL, is based on a Ford Transit chassis, fitted with a battery-electric drivetrain and a body designed and built to Deutsche Post DHL specifications.
In 2017, around 150 early-build e-vans will be manufactured in the StreetScooter plant in Aachen, Germany. DHL will use the e-vans to support its urban parcel delivery service in Germany. The consortium plans to build 2,500 e-vans by the end of 2018. Each WORK XL is said to be able to save around five tonnes of CO2 and 1,900 litres of diesel fuel each year. With 2,500 vehicles in service as planned, this could result in a total saving of 12,500 tonnes of CO2 and 4.75 million litres of fuel every year.