21 September 2019

Eicher Trucks-VE Commercial Vehicles Ltd

Eicher trucks & buses introduces AMT technology in commercial vehicles


Eicher Trucks and Buses part of VE Commercial Vehicles Limited recently introduced state-of-the-art AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) technology in commercial vehicles. This reinforces our vision of driving modernization in commercial transportation. This breakthrough technology has been adapted based on the OptiDrive™ technology designed and developed by WABCO, renowned for its services in Driveline Automation.


The AMT technology will be available in the complete range of LMD and HD buses (from 9T to 16T) and Medium Duty haulage truck application in the first phaseand the same will be extended to other applications later on.


WABCO’s OptiDrive™ is modular automated manual transmission (AMT) technology for trucks and buses that increases fuel economy while reducing emissions. A breakthrough in AMT technology, it transforms a manual transmission into a highly efficient, integrated solution for commercial vehicles, which automatically shifts gears and operates clutch actuation at optimal speed.


This technology frees drivers from frequent gear-shifting, reducing their stress and fatigue. This means drivers can focus further attention on road and traffic conditions, resulting in increased driver comfort while improving vehicle control and road safety. OptiDrive™ systems also minimize any performance gap between highly skilled and less experienced drivers.


Commenting on the this milestone development, Vinod Aggarwal, MD & CEO, VE Commercial Vehicles said, “It’s a matter of extreme pride for us to be one of the pioneers in introducing a break-through technology in the Indian CV industry. Eicher Vehicles are known for best fuel efficiency and the introduction of this technology will further enhance this advantage. Apart from fuel efficiency, this technology will also improve comfort, safety and efficiency that are the most critical aspects of driving these days.”



Jacques Esculier, WABCO Chairman & CEO said, “We are proud to further extend and deepen our partnership with VE Commercial Vehicles, particularly through WABCO’s OptiDrive™ modular automated manual transmission solution, a breakthrough technology for our industry. The award-winning OptiDrive™ for trucks and buses enables improved fuel economy and reduced emissions, as WABCO supports the leadership mission of VE Commercial Vehicles to continuously improve commercial transportation efficiency in India and other markets through technology, safety and environmental care.”


Esculier further added, “Our unique capability to design, develop and supply OptiDrive™ solutions in India for VE Commercial Vehicles’ latest light, medium and heavy duty bus and truck platform further differentiates WABCO. In addition, we will continue to support this major customer through a range of advanced vehicle safety and efficiency technologies.”


The new Pro series of AMT enabled vehicles will be manufactured in the Eicher Trucks and Buses facility located in Pithampur, Madhya Pradesh, where Eicher produces its complete range of 4.9T to 40T commercial vehicles.



WABCO INDIA designs, manufactures and markets conventional braking products, advanced braking systems, and other related air assisted products and systems. The company has achieved a major market share in the Indian OEM market as well as in the domestic aftermarket, which it serves through a strong nationwide distribution network. With five world class manufacturing facilities, software design center, application engineering center and a test track in India, WABCO INDIA excels in engineering and manufacturing. WABCO INDIA employs over 3,200 employees and reported `1872 Crores in sales in 2015-16.


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WABCO (NYSE: WBC) is a leading global supplier of technologies and services that improve the safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles. Founded nearly 150 years ago, WABCO continues to pioneer breakthrough innovations for advanced driver assistance, braking, stability control, suspension, transmission automation and aerodynamics. Partnering with the transportation industry as it maps a route toward autonomous driving, WABCO also uniquely connects trucks, trailers, cargo, drivers, business partners and fleet operators through advanced fleet management systems and mobile solutions. WABCO reported sales of $2.8 billion in 2016. Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, WABCO has 13,000 employees in 40 countries. For more information, visit www.wabco-auto.com.


About Eicher Trucks & Buses

Eicher Trucks and Buses has the lineage of three decades of operations in India. Eicher Trucks and Buses (ETB) is present in the L/MD segment with a strong presence in the 4T-15T truck segment and an ever increasing market share in 16T-49T heavy duty trucks segment. Eicher has unveiled its entire new range of future generation trucks and buses, named the “Eicher Pro’’ series. Adopting the most professional and holistic approach to modernise the Indian trucking industry, the new brand philosophy is to “Go Pro”. Eicher’s new Pro series trucks and buses promise to deliver best-in-class fuel efficiency, higher loading capacity, superior uptime and overall vehicle life time profitability


About VE Commercial Vehicles Limited (VECV):

VE Commercial Vehicles Ltd (VECV) is a joint venture between Eicher Motors Ltd and the Volvo Group. In operation since July 2008, the company includes the complete range of Eicher branded trucks and buses, VE Powertrain, Eicher’s components and engineering design services businesses, the sales and distribution business of Volvo Trucks as well as aftermarket support to Volvo Buses in India. VECV vision is to be recognised as the industry leader driving modernisation in commercial transportation in India and the developing world



Pro Range by ETB with AMT Technology:

  • 2 Pedal System with Auto Gearshift For driver comfort eliminates the manual actuation of clutch pedal and gear shift lever With this the fatigue and stress of driver is reduced.
  • Hill Start Assist feature for no vehicle rollback while driving on a gradient
  • Optimized Gear shift strategy optimised for best utilization of Engine and Transmission to deliver the best performance and higher Fuel economy
  • High Clutch Life increasing the overall uptime and profitability of customer. Improved operating efficiency by reducing wear on transmission components, resulting in lower maintenance costs and higher utilization over the vehicle’s lifetime.
  • Safe Driving drivers focused on road and traffic condition eliminates chances of fatal accidents. Gears can be shifted at appropriate speed and RPM which eliminates the wrong gear shifting while driving.
  • Phase I - AMT technology has been introduced in:
  • 20.15BS4 HD Bus
  • Pro Skyline – MIDI AMT
  • Pro 3016 AMT



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Website: www.vecv.in

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