Scania has its own Transport Labatory that does logistic runs between the Scania production plants in Sweden, The Netherlands and France. For this job Scania uses pre-production and prototype trucks as a road test in the real world. One of the trucks that Scania uses is a R480 Euro-6. The truck was built in 2010 and by driving it nearly 24 hours a day this truck already has done 1,1 million kilometres.
The precisely recorded data for the 1.1 million-truck shows an average fuel consumption of 27.93 litres/100 km, a strong result given the type of operation. As expected, the fuel consumption has been higher during winters than summers. Of total costs, fuel accounts for 67 percent, AdBlue for 1.3 percent while maintenance costs constitute 2.3 percent. Expenses for repairs have been slightly higher than normal, which was also anticipated considering the new technology. “But these initial repairs have been invaluable in helping us to increase knowledge,” explains Mats Johansson.
The engine and aftertreatment system has now been dismantled for careful analysis. “We are presently inspecting each and every article, including the cylinder block, pistons and valves,” says Sara Molneryd. She has headed Scania’s special task force, “Euro 6 Infant Care”. Following two years of intensive efforts, Scania will shortly phase out the task force. “Our focus has been to eliminate all teething problems to reach zero faults in time before the Euro 6 transition from 1 January.”
Scania already launched a second generation of Euro-6 engines. One of the new engines is the 410 Hp without EGR.