Eicher launches 7-speed trucking
In line with the vision to drive modernisation in the commercial vehicle industry, Eicher takes another pioneering step with the introduction of 7-speed transmission technology in the entire range of medium duty trucks. In the first phase, 7-speed transmission will be launched in Eicher Pro 3015 and Eicher Pro 1114XP with an aim to optimise drivability, infuse fuel efficiency and productivity, while reducing fatigue for the driver.
The new four cylinder E494 engine with 7-speed ET50S7 gearbox comprises of seven forward and one reverse gear, designed for smooth gearshifts and less torque interruption. Eicher has been known for delivering best-in-class fuel efficiency in the LMD segment, and with innovations like 7-speed, Eicher reinforces its commitment towards superior uptime for vehicles and business profitability for customers. The superiority is further enhanced by virtue of the fact that Eicher has the highest payload in the 14-15T GVW segment, which drives significantly higher revenues.
Commercial vehicles’ engines are designed to operate under various tough conditions and 7 speed transmission is a superior innovation, enabling the vehicle to operate at a higher torque range (due to flat torque curve) and eliminating the need to repeatedly shift gears. The technology will help the driver to reach the top gear as early as possible by optimising the drivability in lower gear and incentivising performance in higher gear. This, in turn, ensures a superior turnaround time, optimises engine performance and avoids unnecessary acceleration.
According to Vinod Aggarwal, MD & CEO, VE Commercial Vehicles, “Eicher has always pioneered the use of intelligent technologies in their products in order to provide best-in-class services to its customer, and 7-speed is a revolutionary and advanced feature that will enhance fuel economy, increase pick-up and improve driving experience. Coupled with Volvo Group’s engine management system, Mileage Booster+, fuel coaching and onboard diagnostics, it further strengthens our medium duty range, giving it a competitive edge.”