Shell has developed a unique dual fuel diesel Mercedes Actros on-highway truck to provide fuel performance and emissions comparisons for its research and development programs. The engine has two banks of cylinders, which can be fed with different fuels so that their performances can be measured simultaneously in the same engine.
European Commission legislation means that engine manufacturers will have to comply with stricter emissions controls from 1 January 2011. Confronted with developing complex new systems, engine manufacturers are diverting huge efforts and resources into meeting the deadline. Steve Skinner reports.
Kohler engines of Wisconsin, US has produced its first range of diesel powered engines. Initially available in the US and the Asia Pacific region, the seven air-cooled and six liquid-cooled models produce between 5 kW and 48 kW.
Perkins is confident that its Stage IIIB compliant engines will offer a +3% improvement in fuel economy and a +10% increase in power output over current Stage IIIA variants, although initial purchase costs of Stage IIIB compliant units could rise by over +30%.
Where do you start with engines? The industry is working towards the most challenging emissions legislation it has ever faced, while at the same time trying to deliver better efficiency as well as accommodate greater quantities of biofuels - a controversial area in itself. Chris Sleight reports.
John Deere's engine factory in Saran, France has produced its 2-millionth engine. The milestone unit was a six cylinder, 6,8 litre 6068H destined for New Way, the company's long-standing engine distributor in South Africa.
While many companies like to keep new ideas to themselves until they come to market, Volvo has taken the unusual step of presenting many ‘in progress’ projects from its R&D department to the general public. Chris Sleight reports.
Volvo used ConExpo to unveil a prototype of the world's first ever hybrid drive wheeled loader. The company says the machine will save fuel and be more productive than traditional machines. Chris Sleight reports.