Swedish TNT contractor delivers around the clock with 10 Volvo FL trucks equipped with the fully automatic Allison 3000 Series™; reliability, productivity and ease of driving credentials make package ideal for UK fleets
STOCKHOLM – Br. Bäver Transport, one of Stockholm’s biggest haulage companies which primarily delivers air cargo for TNT in Sweden, has chosen to equip 10 Volvo FL distribution trucks with fully automatic Allison 3000 Series™ transmissions. Praised for their acceleration performance, reliability and ability to keep up in stop-start city traffic, UK distribution fleets could also benefit.
The trucks are used for local transport between Stockholm and Stockholm Arlanda Airport. They are critical to ensuring machine parts and industrial components from all over the world arrive just-in-time, to avoid production line stoppages. In operation since 2003, Br. Bäver Transport has a fleet of approximately 25 trucks and some vans.
“Safe, on-time delivery is a major demand from many of our customers,” said Hans-Jürgen Rudolf, service manager at Br. Bäver transport. “A truck breakdown in the middle of the night can be devastating. That’s why we are not taking any chances and have invested in high quality, modern trucks and fully automatic transmissions.”
Rudolf is sure that the acceleration advantage and the precise maneuverability have a positive effect on the company’s profitability, as the fully automatic transmissions allow a higher productivity level than trucks equipped with alternative gearboxes. When it comes to maintenance and operating costs, Rudolf is also very satisfied with the Allison transmissions.
“The fuel economy is good and the only maintenance they need is planned oil changes. And since that’s easy to do, there is no long downtime for the truck because of the transmission,” said Rudolf. “I think the whole powertrain feels much better with a fully automatic transmission. Our next generation distribution trucks for local transports will definitely be equipped with Allison fully automatic transmissions too.”
In addition to providing reliability for their customers, the drivers at Br. Bäver Transport have also enjoyed the switch to Allison Automatics.
“Our drivers have been ‘spoiled’ with the Allison transmissions and I’m sure many of them would quit if we chose a different transmission for our future trucks,” said Rudolf. “The driving comfort is really good and the transmissions work perfectly in narrow city areas and when precise control is needed – like backing up. It’s often a tricky maneuver and it’s good not having to worry about gear changing as well.”
Other benefits that are appreciated by Rudolf and the drivers are the fast acceleration and the ability to keep up with the starting and stopping in city traffic. “It almost feels like driving a car,” he said.
Allison urges UK distribution fleets undertaking inner city shuttling work to consider specifying Allison fully automatic transmissions on their vehicles. “The UK market is used to thinking of an automated manual transmission (AMT) as fully automatic, but it’s not. An Allison transmission will provide smooth, seamless power to the engine resulting in quicker route times, more deliveries and the opportunity for increased profits. With no clutch to maintain and with driveline wear and tear reduced, there is more vehicle uptime, and drivers will be happier and safer thanks to car-like ease of driving. Fleet managers and buyers should challenge the norm and consider the commercial benefits of a fully automatic transmission, said Nathan Wilson, market development manager.”
Image – © Br. Bäver Transport. Service manager Hans-Jürgen Rudolf Rudolf at Br. Bäver transport is sure that the acceleration advantage and the precise maneuverability have a positive effect on the company’s profitability, as fully automatic transmissions allow a higher productivity level than trucks equipped with alternatives.
Image – © Allison Transmission. For local transports in the Stockholm area, Br. Bäver transport chose to equip 10 Volvo FL distribution trucks with fully automatic Allison 3000 Series™ transmissions.
About Allison Transmission
Allison Transmission (NYSE: ALSN) is the world’s largest manufacturer of fully automatic transmissions for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles, and is a leader in hybrid-propulsion systems for city buses. Allison transmissions are used in a variety of applications including refuse, construction, fire, distribution, bus, motorhomes, defense and energy. Founded in 1915, the company is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA and employs approximately 2,600 people worldwide. With a market presence in more than 80 countries, Allison has regional headquarters in the Netherlands, China and Brazil with manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Hungary and India. Allison also has approximately 1,400 independent distributor and dealer locations worldwide. For more information, visit allisontransmission.com.