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Hino 500 Series cleans up on emissions

Commercial vehicle manufacturer, Hino, has announced its all-new 500 Series Standard Cab will have the cleanest exhaust emissions of any Japanese-built medium-duty truck in Australia, equivalent to Euro 6, when it is launched later this month. 

In a significant step forward on exhaust emissions in this class of truck, all models in the new Hino 500 Series Standard Cab range will comply with Japan’s stringent post Post New Long Term (pPNLT) exhaust emissions standard, which is comparable to Euro 6.

“Globally there’s an understandable push for ever-cleaner trucks, and in Australia we have many customers who have their own environmental impact reduction targets,” said Hino Australia’s Manager Product Strategy, Daniel Petrovski.

“By complying with pPNLT early, our new product range is ahead of the game, therefore providing a significant advantage for these customers.”

“While discussions regarding the introduction of the next exhaust gas emission regulations by the Australian Government are ongoing and the timeline uncertain, it is expected that the European (Euro 6) or Japanese (pPNLT) emissions standards will be two of the acceptable solutions,” said Petrovski.

“With the all-new 500 Series Standard Cab, Hino Australia will comply with the expected new Australian emissions regulations years ahead of their introduction.”

At the heart of the all-new 500 Series Standard Cab’s clean credentials is the exhaust gas after-treatment unit which contains a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system and Diesel Particulate Reduction (DPR) system.

“These two proven exhaust emissions solutions have been used by Hino in the Australian market since 2011 in thousands of vehicles,” said Petrovski.

After exiting the engine the exhaust gasses enter the SCR system first, where dangerous oxides of nitrogen (NOx) is converted to harmless nitrogen and water through a chemical reaction with a reducing agent called Adblue that is injected into the exhaust stream in a precisely metered mist.

The gases then pass through the DPR which traps the fine carbon particles that are subsequently burnt off by a process called active regeneration.

“The new model uses a very small percentage of Adblue, with the Adblue tank requiring to be refilled approximately one time for every three diesel tank refuels,” said Petrovski.

When compared to the current model, Hino expects fuel consumption savings on the new model to outweigh the cost of AdBlue consumption in many applications.

“The current cost of Adblue at service station pumps is approximately $1.00 per litre, significantly less than the cost per litre of diesel. This further helps SCR make a positive impact on our customers’ environmental and financial targets,” said Petrovski.

“When compared with our current Hino 500 Series Standard Cab range, the all-new models will have improved performance, fuel efficiency and drivability, and the cleanest exhaust emissions of any Hino truck yet.”

Full Australian specifications and pricing of the all-new 500 Series Standard Cab FC, FD and FE models will be available in late November 2018 at dealerships nationwide.

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