Sterling Trucks Focuses On Fuel Economy With The Introduction of Eaton Fuller UltraShift HV Transmission

Sterling Truck Corporation recently announced the availability of the Eaton Fuller UltraShift Highway Value (HV) 6-speed transmission as an option for all Sterling Acterra trucks.

“Fuel economy is more important than ever to our customers, said Richard Shearing, manager of product strategy for Sterling Trucks. “By partnering with Eaton to include its UltraShift HV in our popular Acterra model, we are providing enhanced fuel efficiency combined with the strength and drivability expected from our trucks.

In a study conducted by an independent, third party firm, in accordance with SAE J1526 Joint TMC/SAE Fuel Consumption In-Service Test Procedure Type III, the UltraShift HV results in urban fuel economy that is six to19 percent more efficient than the leading conventional automatic transmission depending on the duty cycle.

A fully automated transmission system for Class 6-7 vehicles, the UltraShift HV combines the reliability and durability of a manual Fuller 6-speed transmission with automated shifting logic. Suited for pickup-and-delivery, service, utility and recovery applications, the UltraShift HV is capable handling torque capabilities up to 660 pounds per foot and loads up to 33,000 pounds gross vehicle weight.

To improve on safety and flexibility, the transmission’s Hill Assist feature automatically minimizes rollback and roll-forward on grades ranging from three to 10 percent while the driver transitions from brake pedal to throttle.

The transmission also offers significant life-cycle cost savings, with no scheduled maintenance for 500,000 miles, including filter and lube changes. Further reducing maintenance costs, the UltraShift HV doesn’t require an external transmission cooler, eliminating a component that could potentially break down and reducing the overall weight of the truck  further impacting fuel economy.

“With the UltraShift HV installed in the Acterra, our customers get the best of all worlds. Better fuel economy, enhanced safety and lower maintenance, all backed by Sterling’s extensive dealer network and award-winning customer service, Shearing said.

Source: Sterling Trucks

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