• 06-OCT-2011

Larger and More Powerful Trucks. For the Sake of the Environment?

The EU has decided to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases from the transport sector by 20 percent between 2008 and 2030, and by even more in the longer term. At the same time, transport needs continue to increase and, above all, it is the heavy freight sector that is increasing most.

The basic principle is simple: with larger and more powerful trucks, more freight can be carried by fewer vehicles, which in turn reduces fuel consumption and climate impact in relation to the transport work being undertaken.

The fact is that demands on more efficient transport have for many decades driven development in the direction of increasingly powerful trucks. In the mid-1970s a power output of 350 hp was regarded as high. Today you would need to add another 100 hp to reach the average for a truck on European long-haul assignments. For operations in very hilly terrain and in high-altitude conditions, really high performance is needed to be able to quickly transport food and other fresh goods or to haul heavy loads such as wind-power stations, timber, ore or machinery. For this sort of demanding operation, there are trucks like the Volvo FH16 with power outputs of up to 750 hp. Available video includes footage of the FH16 750.