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PowerTorque reviews the North American Commercial Vehicle Show at Atlanta, Georgia.

The inaugural NACV Show kicked off in Atlanta this week, forming a presentation that comprised more of what lies ahead than exists on our roads at present.

Technology companies focussed on autonomous trucks, with much thought given to alternative drivelines with energy sources ranging from gas and biofuels to pure electric drive.

Freightliner’s new Cascadia is a prelude to what we can expect in a year’s time to visit the Australian market and with the inbuilt technology from Detroit, in the form of engines, transmissions and drivelines it’s going to be promote a major lift in interest levels.

Interestingly, Hendrickson, in conjunction with Freightliner, has developed the OPTIMAAX 6×2 liftable forward tandem axle, exclusively for the new Cascadia. The new OPTIMAAX 6×2 reduces weight, saves fuel and improves traction and manoeuvrability.

Automated controls sense the load capacity and either lift or lower the axle without relying on the driver, maximizing time with a raised axle and enhancing traction.

Hendrickson claims the benefits of using the OPTIMAAX 6×2 lowers tare weight by 135 – 180 kg over a comparable 6×4.

The joint venture between Eaton Group and Cummins Inc. was the focus of the Cummins NACV exhibit, offering a glimpse into the diversity of the X12 and X15 when paired with the Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies all-new Endurant transmission.

Endurant is the first automated heavy-duty transmission to be introduced by the newly formed joint venture between Eaton and Cummins. This 12-speed automated transmission is claimed by Eaton to be the lightest, most efficient 2508 Nm (1,850 lb.-ft.) capable heavy-duty transmission. Designed for linehaul applications where weight savings and efficiency can add to a fleet’s bottom line, the Endurant is more than 45 kg lighter than other competing transmissions and 90 kg lighter than the current Fuller Advantage Series transmission.

As a way of introducing the showbiz of American trucking we’ll continue our NACV revue with comment on Navistar International Trucks.

Starting with the corporate side of the business, Navistar International announced it expects a number of new product offerings and integrations with alliance partner Volkswagen Truck & Bus, including plans to develop an electric-powered, medium-duty vehicle for the company’s Core (U.S. and Canada) market.

“Our alliance with Volkswagen Truck & Bus is allowing us to move much more quickly into electric propulsion thanks to our ability to leverage their technology investments and components in segments of the market where we’re already a leader,” said Troy A. Clarke, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Navistar.

The LoneStar comes complete with a Cummins X15 engine under the hood, whereas the new LT series is powered by the International A26.

The A26 engine is based on the MAN D26 engine crankcase, producing up to 354 kW (475 hp) and 2,305 Nm of torque from a design that is 270 – 320 kg lighter than a traditional 15L big bore engine. The A26 is also backed by the industry’s best warranty and is the first engine to meet the B10 standard that requires 90 per cent of delivered engines to travel 1,900,000 km before a major repair.

The A26 engine is also available in the HV Series, meeting the demands of vocational applications.

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