Clean, green mean machine
Volvo’s FH16 has been given a grunt injection, writes James Stanford
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.