TNT Australia has taken delivery of the first Euro 6 emission-compliant trucks in Australia, several years ahead of the new regulations taking effect in Australia.
Euro 6 is the European Commission’s most stringent diesel exhaust emissions regulation and came into force in Europe on 1 January 2014 for new trucks.
The five Scania P 450 prime movers are powered by Scania’s 450hp 13-litre six-cylinder inline engine that uses a combined Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) and Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology solution to achieve compliance with the toughest emission controls yet legislated in Europe.
They will be used in and around TNT’s Melbourne depots to pull single and B-double trailers, with a gross combination mass (GCM) of up to 60 tonnes.
TNT director southern region Rod Barnes said: “The aim of this initiative is to continue our work towards integrating more environmentally friendly vehicles onto our roads to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help revolutionise the way vehicles function,” Mr Barnes said.
TNT national fleet and equipment manager Kurt Grossrieder said the introduction of Euro 6 emissions technology in its heavy-duty fleet was a continuation of TNT’s environmental focus and capitalised on its early take-up of hybrid technology in its light duty fleet.
“We already run Australia’s largest hybrid truck fleet, and a recent four-year internal study found that our 30 hybrid trucks have emitted 112 fewer tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere than comparable diesel-powered trucks over that period,” Mr Grossrieder said.
“As a result, we recently commissioned a further 24 hybrid trucks to continue to reduce our total output of greenhouse gases whilst using less fuel, which is a positive step for TNT and the environment.
“TNT is excited to be able to extend this focus on reducing emissions into its heavy duty fleet, well ahead of the regulations coming into force in this country,” he said.
Euro 6 regulations are considerably tougher to meet than the current Euro 5 standard. For example, the permissible Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx) is now 0.46 grams/per-kilowatt-hour (g/kWh), down 75 per cent on Euro 5.
The particulate matter (PM) has reduced to 0.01 g/kWh, down from 0.02-03 g/kWh under Euro 5. In reality this is closer to a 95 per cent reduction due to the additional introduction of a ‘particulate number limit’.