Search for Better Cost Benefit Leads Racli to Buy the New Mercedes-Benz Atego 1719 Equipped with Allison Automatics
Refuse collection company from Criciúma, State of Santa Catarina, buys the first five Mercedes-Benz Atego 1719 four-cylinder trucks with fully automatic transmissions newly developed by Mercedes-Benz in partnership with Allison Transmission.
Allison Transmission, a leading designer and manufacturer of conventional and electrified vehicle propulsion solutions and the largest global manufacturer of medium- and heavy-duty fully automatic transmissions for commercial and defense vehicles, has announced the acquisition of the first five Mercedes-Benz Atego 1719 trucks with Allison 3000 Series™ transmissions by Racli Limpeza Urbana, a refuse collection company located in Criciúma.
Trucks equipped with Allison fully automatic transmissions are already preferred for public solid residue collection by the major fleet owners in large Brazilian cities and are gradually becoming the principal option for the interior.
Racli Limpeza Urbana specializes in the collection of urban solid residues and public sanitation, and currently serves twelve municipalities in the southern region of Santa Catarina. They have a fleet of 80 compactor trucks, nine of which are equipped with Allison fully automatic transmissions.
“Out of our previous automatic models, three are Volkswagen Constellations, and one is Mercedes-Benz Atego, all with six-cylinder engines. Now, with the new four-cylinder Ategos, we are evaluating some items that directly influence our operations cost benefit including initial vehicle price, lower maintenance costs and fuel consumption,” said Rogério Espindola de Jesus, Operations Supervisor of Racli.
“Once again, we chose trucks equipped with Allison transmissions for their great reliability and robustness. The Volkswagens we have had for some time have never given us any problems, proving that they are the best market option at the moment”, said Jesus.
Racli also points out that compared to manual transmission models, the advantages are even greater, since the entire clutch system has to be replaced at most every six months. The cost of this maintenance, along with the downtime for necessary repairs, are the biggest problems with manual transmission refuse collection trucks. Automatic transmissions are also more convenient and easy to use, and can mitigate possible damage caused by less experienced drivers misuse.
“Trucks with Allison Automatics also excel in the typical refuse collection stop-and-go situations with highly rugged topography. In Blumenau, for example, where 90% of the city has extremely steep grades, it excels at sprints. A manual truck in this situation is unthinkable,” said Jesus.