Allison Transmission: Seosan Central Gas Selects Allison Automatics for Liquefied Petroleum Gas Tank Trucks
SEOUL, November 10, 2022 – Allison Transmission, a leading designer and manufacturer of conventional and electrified vehicle propulsion solutions and the world’s largest manufacturer of medium-duty and heavy-duty fully automatic transmissions for commercial and defense vehicles, today announced that the Demand for Allison Automatics was increasing recently among liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) shippers in South Korea.
In the energy sector, safety, durability and productivity are important for tank trucks because they are loaded with highly combustible oil or LPG when moving around the city. In addition, convenience, energy efficiency and economic feasibility are also key as drivers work from dawn until late at night. As a result, the power industry recognizes the need for Allison fully automatic transmissions to help drivers with convenience in the upcoming winter season.
Seosan Central Gas, located in Seosan, Chungcheongnam-do, recently purchased a Hyundai Mighty truck equipped with the Allison 1000 xFE™ transmission. A key consideration was that fully automatic transmissions allow drivers to concentrate on the road without being distracted by gear changes or power interruptions.
“My left leg ached so badly when I was driving a manual vehicle; however, when I switched to the Allison equipped Mighty, I didn’t feel any pain. I understand that our company is considering replacing all manual vehicles by automatic vehicles in the future,” said Lim Han-bin, a driver from Seosan Central Gas.
Currently, Seosan Central Gas operates four LPG tank trucks, including one driven by Lim which is equipped with an Allison fully automatic transmission. Seosan Central Gas plans to replace its remaining manual carts with automatic carts in the near future.
Tank trucks use power take-off (PTO) when using external power units such as pumps. While manual transmissions require depressing the clutch when using the PTO, Allison fully automatic transmissions can operate the PTO even when stationary. In addition, PTO operation is also possible via wireless remote control.
“We expect growth to support LPG charging stations,” said Kyoungmee Lee, Regional Manager, Allison Transmission Korea. “As more and more customers discover the economic efficiency and operational convenience of fully automatic transmissions, we expect market demand to increase significantly in the future.”