Protege Company, a securities transportation specialist in Brazil, has specified the first fully automatic transmission as part of a pilot project to test new armored cash transport vehicles.
FREMONT, CA: As part of a pilot project to test new armored cash transport vehicles, Protege Company, a prominent securities transportation specialist in Brazil, has introduced the first fully automatic transmission. Two high-value armored freight light trucks were fitted with an Allison 2000 Series transmission, a Volkswagen 9.160CE, and a Mercedes-Benz 915 E.
The fully automatic transmission test is designed to make the business operations more effective and profitable by enhancing the agility and reliability of the vehicle and increasing the capacity of the components of the transmission and engine. They are surpassing the expectations of the corporation.
"The Protege Group invests heavily in the well-being and safety of its employees, and automatic transmissions greatly reduce the physical and mental wear on the driver," explains Nelson Dias, Automotive Engineering Manager at the Protege Group. "The state of alertness for a prompt reaction in any critical situation is a fundamental condition for good work in our segment."
"Automatic trucks have been shown to be less stressful for drivers and for the respective working teams, as they are not subject to the swings so common during the shifting in manual transmission gears," said Dias. "The teams are unanimous that there is less physical wear and tear throughout the workday."
Shorter vehicle downtime is another observation from the Protege Groups experiment. Automatic transmissions do not need maintenance of the clutch systems, which is standard in manual transmissions. Furthermore, they offer the powertrain with a more homogeneous operation, preventing engine overdrive while serving as an auxiliary to the brake system.
The Allison 2000 Series' automatic transmissions are intended to fit light commercial vehicles for both freight and public transport applications. They can be equipped with a Power Take-Off (PTO) output and have six gears that ensure a more agile and simplified operation, including overdrive. They also have innovative electronic controls from the Allison 5th generation, which enhance productivity and performance strategies according to the vehicle's requirements.
The Protege Company, which is present in 18 Brazilian states and the federal district, holds a broad range of operations, including high-value transport and logistics services for freight, property security, security guards, and airport services. It has a fleet of about 1,800 units, consisting of vehicles of different sizes and applications.