TRANS TASMAN PERFORMER
THE world’s most powerful truck has made it to New Zealand but is still not confirmed for Australia.
Volvo Trucks Australia, which also looks after the Kiwi market, has sold 10 examples of the FH 750 to loyal customers across the Tasman.
It is the most powerful production series highway truck on the planet and, as the name hints, produces 750 horsepower (560kW).
On this side of the ditch, Volvo has the FH 700, which is built at its factory in Wacol, Qld, and produces a healthy 551kW (700hp).
The most powerful truck available in Australia is the Scania R 730, which, you guessed it, makes 730hp (537kW).
To test demand and how the FH 750 performs, Volvo Trucks Australia signed up a handful of NZ customers for the mighty hauler.
“This has moved well past our (internal) test team ... we are doing a trial with customers,” says Volvo Trucks Australia vice president Mitch Peden. “The 10 trucks have gone out and now it is a longer term validation.”
Peden says Volvo planned to sell fewer trucks in the NZ trial: “We got feedback that if we offered it to some customers and not others it would be more trouble than it was worth, so we gave our dealers a set amount of time to see who was interested.”
There is hope the FH 750 could be introduced in Australia — Working Wheels understands a prototype has been tested here, not that Peden will confirm anything. He says that if it were introduced in Australia, Volvo would have to be absolutely certain it could handle the heavy loads and extremely harsh environment.