Scania gets tick
ARIGOROUS testing regimen has cleared the fully automated Scania Opticruise for high-output operations in Australia.
The Swedish truckmaker had held off introducing the two-pedal system on trucks with more than 324kW (440hp) because it wanted further proof it could withstand Australia’s conditions.
The Opticruise automated transmission is now available for all Scania models, including the rangetopping 456kW R620 model.
Scania tested the Opticruise transmission is several trucks, including a 412kW R560 60-tonne B double operating in hilly terrain, which clocked 50,000km without any problems.
Another operated out of Bunbury in Western Australia, running 24 hours a day and covering 3000km a day for three months.
The company says test drivers who were new to the fully automated transmission adapted quickly and appreciated not having to use a clutch.