Allison Transmission, Geesinknorba and UROVESA Exhibit Innovations at TECMA 2022

Allison Transmission, Geesinknorba y UROVESA presentan sus innovaciones en TECMA 2022

Allison Transmission was present at the 21st edition of TECMA, the International Urban Planning and Environment Fair, held from June 14 to 16 at the IFEMA exhibition center (Madrid), where the company showcased innovations in the field of electrification.

Allison Transmission is a benchmark in the Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) sector and collaborates with manufacturers such as URO Vehículos Especiales (UROVESA) and Geesinknorba to improve the working conditions and vehicle control for drivers.

Allison highlighted the current trend of manufacturers using conventional transmissions in conjunction with electric engines. The company also presented and showcased the benefits of its new eGen Power® electric axles and for their conventional fully automatic transmissions explained the reliability, durability, drivability and the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) measurement methods. TCO is now a key concept in municipal services.

The Geesinknorba stand featured the Hyzon HyMax-160 fuel cell truck with DAF chassis and Geesinknorba bodywork. The vehicle, equipped with an Allison 3200 SeriesTM fully automatic transmission with Power-Take-Off (PTO), was unveiled for the first time in Spain.

Finally, UROVESA premiered the new URO Urbatek range for the entire European market. This range consists of three specific truck chassis specially designed for MSW collection, with low, easy-access cabs and three powertrain options: electric traction, CNG and Euro 6E diesel. An Allison 3000 SeriesTM automatic transmission with retarder was chosen for the thermal engines.

The presentation began at the Allison stand, where Trond Johansen, European Key Fleets and Market Development Manager at Allison Transmission, spoke of the company’s latest innovations. He highlighted the TCO benefits of Allison’s fully automatic transmissions in terms of reliability and durability, which are critical in municipal services.

Also highlighted were the benefits of xFE technology for automatic transmissions, which enable more efficient energy use and enhance vehicle productivity by allowing heavier loads to be carried with lower fuel consumption.

After the Allison presentation, the press visited Geesinknorba’s stand, where the company’s latest product was unveiled: a rear-loading GPM IV refuse collector on the new Hyzon HyMax-160 with DAF chassis. Also on display was the AMS CL1-26N side loader on a Renault D WIDE 320 CNG chassis. This truck is equipped with an optimized engine, Fuel Eco+ pack and an Allison 3200 Series™ automatic transmission with PTO that provide reduced CO2 emissions.

The Hyzon HyMax-160 is designed for customers seeking zero emissions. Advantages include: the chassis weight, which is almost the same as that of a conventional diesel vehicle; a design that enables it to work in the same way as a diesel vehicle, but silently and with zero emissions; and a refill speed of just 8 minutes, which is possible at all hydrogen stations at a pressure of 350 bar.

The press event concluded at the UROVESA stand, where Manuel Lage, UROVESA’s Business Development Consultant, unveiled the new URO Urbatek range, a European first, designed from the ground up to provide optimum performance in urban MSW services.

The URO Urbatek is a unique truck in the European market, with the smallest possible dimensions of 2.0 m wide and 5.75 m long on a chassis with an 18 metric-ton MPW. The Urbatek features excellent weight distribution on both axles and a new low, cab forward design with single side step to greatly facilitate access and help prevent accidents. As is typical for URO special-purpose vehicles, these new chassis also feature the added benefits of Allison. The Urbatek is equipped with the Allison 3000 Series transmission with retarder. 

The collaboration between Allison and UROVESA is longstanding. In 1989, UROVESA became the first company in Spain to incorporate Allison for both civilian and military off-road applications. Since then, the company has manufactured over 7,000 vehicles with Allison automatic transmissions.

The new URO Urbatek range offers customers three powertrain options on demand: 100% electric traction motor with lithium-ion batteries, which guarantees operation over a full working day without the need to recharge; an eco-friendly compressed natural gas engine; and the Euro 6E diesel engine.

URO Urbateks offer three PTO mounting options: directly connected to the engine from the crankshaft, directly connected to the rear of the engine (REPTO) and connected to the automatic transmission.