Eaton announces its UltraShift Plus automated transmissions have been certified for use with the Westport HD 15-liter high pressure direct injection liquefied natural gas engine, made by Westport Innovations, Inc. Eaton says the transmissions can be used in a greater range of applications for two-pedal solutions with heavy-duty line haul and heavy-haul applications.
“Our newest generation of automated transmissions perfectly complement the Westport engines and are an ideal, environmentally friendly option for a variety of heavy-duty trucking applications because they engage early and do not waste energy,” says Shane Groner, manager – development and product planning North America for Eaton’s Commercial Vehicle Transmissions. “Eaton has been a longtime pioneer of sustainable business practices and very much welcomes this latest certification with the lower emission-producing Westport natural gas engines.”
Eaton says the certification covers all makes and models of UltraShift Plus, which now includes eight platforms and more than 50 different models. UltraShift Plus transmissions also are currently certified with all major diesel engine manufacturers in North America, Eaton says, including Cummins, Detroit Diesel, Caterpillar, International/Navistar and Volvo.
“The Eaton UltraShift Plus provides Westport customers with a wider range of transmission options in a solution that’s integrated for product and service,” says Clark Quintin, president, Westport HD. “The UltraShift has been engineered and qualified to meet our high standards, and to perform in the Westport HD 15L HPDI engine with excellent performance under the rigors of heavy-duty trucking fueled by liquid natural gas.”