The factory gates open and the first Volvo FH16 700 appears. An eager Tore Aase from Norway is there to take delivery of the world’s most powerful series-manufactured truck. On Norway’s hilly west coast, the truck’s power will come into its own.
The truck will be used in long-haul operations in the west of Norway, hauling equipment for the oil industry. The 700 horsepower and massive 3150 Nm of torque will be put to good use.
“The reason why we chose the FH16 700 is that we haul loads of up to 50 tonnes. The roads are often narrow and there may be kilometre-long gradients of between 6 and 10 percent, so you can never really have too much power,” Tore Aase, owner of haulage company Spesial og Tungtransport AS, located in Förde 170 kilometres north of Bergen on the Norwegian west coast told Tachoblog.
Tore Aase spends up to 200 days a year in his truck and his trips along Norway’s demanding west coast test the truck to its limits.
“With our new 700, I will be able to maintain a far higher average speed on the long and steep gradients. I-Shift is also very important to me – not having to make constant gearchanges will considerably reduce my work behind the wheel. I’ve been driving trucks since the mid-seventies and I’m beginning to get a few aches and pains in my elbow.”
When asked how his colleagues will respond when he becomes the first customer to drive the world’s strongest truck, Tore Aase replies with a knowing smile, “Well, I’ll be leader of the pack and this truck is sure going to attract a whole lot of attention!”
The new truck will become operational toward the end of July. Before that, it will be fitted with a variety of accessories, including roo-bars. Not that kangaroos are a common sight on Norwegian roads, but the region abounds with wild deer, elk and reindeer.
Tore Aase is a loyal Volvo customer who has driven trucks of the same make for the past 18 years.
“I have tried other makes but I stick with Volvo. One important reason is that I get excellent service from my local dealer.”
The Volvo FH16 with 700 horsepower is the world’s most powerful truck. It is built for the most demanding haulage assignments. Despite its 700 horsepower, there is no increase in either its emissions or fuel consumption. On the contrary, nitrogen oxide emissions have dropped by 40 percent compared with the previous model, so the new truck meets the forthcoming Euro 5 emission standards.
“The FH16 700 is in a class of its very own on the world truck market. It offers a unique combination of performance and fuel economy. We have already noted considerable interest in the new model among customers who run particularly demanding transport operations,” says Claes Nilsson, President of the Europe division at Volvo Trucks.
The new Volvo FH16 700 is built at the Tuve plant outside Göteborg in Sweden. There hopes are high that the new model will become a success.
“We’re really proud to have been given the job of building and supplying the world’s strongest truck. Handing over the key to our first customer is a landmark event that speaks well for the future,” says Johan Jinhage, Plant Director at Volvo Trucks in Tuve.