Clean, green mean ma­chine

Volvo’s FH16 has been given a grunt in­jec­tion, writes James Stan­ford

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US­TRALIA’Smost pow­er­ful truck is now even more po­tent. Volvo Trucks Aus­tralia has an­nounced the FH16 will now be avail­able with a whop­ping 515kW out­put, mov­ing up from the al­ready very pow­er­ful 485kW peak of the ex­ist­ing en­gine.

Emis­sions are the main fo­cus of most trucks be­ing re­leased as we ap­proach the new ex­haust stan­dards of Jan­uary 1, but Volvo doesn’t make many of its trucks cleaner to get the ADR 83/03 cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

The Swedish brand, which as­sem­bles the ma­jor­ity of its trucks at its Bris­bane plant, also helps de­sign and de­velop them for Aus­tralian con­di­tions. It in­tro­duced Euro 5 stan­dard en­gines for most of its trucks last year, that eas­ily pass the new Aus­tralian emis­sion reg­u­la­tions and went fur­ther by of­fer­ing even cleaner D7, D11 and D17 en­gines with op­tional En­hanced En­vi­ron­men­tally Friendly Ve­hi­cle (EEFV) rat­ings. Volvo says they are the clean­est truck en­gines on Aus­tralian roads.

The FH16 has now been up­graded to Euro 5 spec­i­fi­ca­tion, which it achieves de­spite the in­crease in horse­power. The 515kW ver­sion gen­er­ates an im­pres­sive 3150Nm which should make pulling the heav­i­est load a breeze.

There is also a 441kW ver­sion of the FH16 for those who don’t re­quire quite so many horses be­neath the cab. It has a per­fectly re­spectable 2800Nm and Volvo says it’s ideal for in­ter­state B-dou­ble work.

Volvo has fit­ted the FH16 with the new, more ef­fi­cient, D Ver­sion I-Shift gear­box, a 12-speed two-pedal au­to­mated trans­mis­sion. The FH16 might be the most pow­er­ful truck in Aus­tralia, but it’s out­gunned in Europe by the awe­some new Sca­nia R730 which gen­er­ates 537kW.

Sca­nia Aus­tralia says it’s not yet clear whether it will im­port that truck, but even if it de­cided to do so, lo­cal test­ing means it would be some time away be­cause of the fact Sca­nia would test it ex­ten­sively be­fore mak­ing a de­ci­sion.

Volvo Trucks Aus­tralia gen­eral man­ager Gary Bone says the FH16 is in­tended for the heav­i­est and most de­mand­ing op­er­a­tions. ‘‘It’s also a highly pres­ti­gious truck for the cus­tomer who is look­ing for some­thing truly out of the or­di­nary,’’ he says.

Volvo goes for the Se­lec­tive Cat­alytic Re­duc­tion (SCR) for get­ting rid of the nas­ties in ex­haust emis­sions in­stead of the Ex­haust Gas Re­cir­cu­la­tion (EGR) and Diesel Par­tic­u­late Fil­ter (DPF) par­tic­u­late trap method favoured by most Amer­i­can firms.

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