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New Allison FuelSense Transmission Coming to Blue Bird

Blue Bird said FuelSense, the next generation in fuel savings released this summer by Allison Transmissions, will be a standard offering on all Vision and All American models with Cummins ISB6.7L diesel engines and Allison’s 2000 Series transmission.

Standard FuelSense features 5th-Generation Controls, EcoCal and Dynamic Shift Sensing to improve fuel economy by 5-15 percent. EcoCal is formerly known as low-speed shift schedules and is a defined set of low and “super” low speed shift schedules designed to keep the engine speed at its optimum point. Dynamic Shift Sensing, or LBSSS/ABMS/SESS, automatically selects between EcoCal or a higher-speed shift schedule.

Blue Bird said it is also offering Acceleration Rate Management, a feature of FuelSense Max formerly known as VAC, as standard on its three large bus models. FuelSense Max offers 8- to 20 percent fuel economy increases by incorporating all of the standard features as well as those of FuelSense Plus, which promises fuel economy increases of 6-18 percent by adding neutral at stop, or RELS and ECLR.

Blue Bird said more information on FuelSense and its availability to customers will be shared at a later day. Allison announced last month that it is also partnering with Thomas Built Buses to offer the standard FuelSense as well as the optional FuelSense Plus and FuelSense Max.

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