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Volvo Tier 4 Final/Stage IV engines tackle emissions – and fuel consumption

Volvo Construction Equipment’s new line of Tier 4 Final/Stage IV-compliant diesel engines don’t just reduce the emission of harmful gases into the air; they are also powerful workhorses that are reliable, easy to operate and save fuel.
Volvo Tier 4 Final/Stage IV engines tackle emissions – and fuel consumption

Built with smart technology drawn from 180 years of experience, and with the strength of the entire Volvo Group behind them, the new Tier 4 Final/Stage IV-compliant D4, D6, D8, D11, D13 and D16 diesel engines from Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) meet the forthcoming stringent EU and US emissions legislation — while also improving fuel efficiency by up to 5% over previous models and reducing running costs overall.

The V-ACT (Volvo Advanced Combustion Technology) engines feature advanced fuel injection, a more effective air handling system and enhanced engine management. Comprehensively tested in punishing conditions, the Tier 4f/Stage IV engines have been validated in bench and multi-application field testing to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) levels from Tier 4 Interim/Stage IIIB levels of 2.0g/kWh to just 0.4g/kWh — an 80% decrease — in accordance with the demands of the new legislation.

To meet these new requirements without dramatically changing the base engine, the Volvo Tier 4f/Stage IV engines now incorporate selective catalytic reduction (SCR) — a technology that’s already been comprehensively tested in more than one million SCR-equipped Volvo trucks since the system was introduced in 2005. 

SCR uses an injection of DEF (diesel exhaust fluid)/AdBlue® (a 32.5% solution of urea in deionized water) into the exhaust gas flow to convert NOx to nitrogen and H2O, both of which are found naturally in the air. The system reduces NOx emissions by as much as 95%.

Along with SCR, the cooled external exhaust gas recirculation (E-EGR) system also works to lower NOx by reducing the amount of oxygen in the combustion chamber, which in turn lowers combustion peak temperatures. While driving the exhaust gas recirculation process, a variable geometry turbocharger (VGT) on the D13 and D16 or a waste-gated turbocharger on the smaller engines, provides instant torque at low engine speeds – boosting power and enhancing engine performance for greater fuel economy.

Diesel particulate filter

The fully automatic diesel particulate filter (DPF) system reduces harmful particulate matter without interrupting machine operation or lowering productivity or performance. Passive regeneration takes place regularly at low exhaust temperatures to oxidize particulate matter. Additionally, every 500 hours, particulate matter is incinerated at high temperatures via reset regeneration, which requires no intervention from the operator. During this process, the engine’s diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) raises the exhaust gas temperature, helping the DPF burn the particulate matter.

A seventh injector is used to vaporize fuel into the exhaust stream. This fuel is used as a reactant by the DOC to boost DPF efficiency. The automatic intake throttle restricts the fresh inlet air to control engine temperature and EGR flow to improve the overall efficiency of the after-treatment system under low loading conditions. And an after-treatment control module (ACM) monitors and controls regeneration, ensuring that emissions are successfully reduced. Filter maintenance may be required every 4,500 hours (6,000 hours for D4 through D8) but can be done quickly and easily.

The advanced engine management system (EMS), which adapts instantaneously to changes in operation, has been updated with a more powerful processor that supports more functions with greater precision and a higher level of control. 

Put through their paces

Volvo CE’s Tier 4f/Stage IV engines have benefited from more than 25,000 hours of testing in articulated haulers, wheel loaders and excavators, as well as in engine test benches. Prototype testing has also been done in sub-zero temperatures, extreme heat and at high altitudes. 

Perfect harmony

Customers benefit from the matched components and perfect harmony between engines and machines. Volvo harmonizes engine output, drivetrain and hydraulics for greater efficiency, performance and productivity. And even though Volvo engines are tailored to suit specific product lines, they are built with common parts, allowing owners to quickly and easily obtain replacement parts for less downtime.

The entire range of Volvo CE Tier 4f/Stage IV engines and Volvo CE machines is backed by the company’s extended service network and range of customer solutions, including DEF/AdBlue management, cost-effective DPF exchange services and Volvo Genuine Parts. For service and maintenance needs, a choice of customer support agreements (CSAs) is available, providing flexibility and cost control, and minimizing machine downtime. The Volvo CareTrack telematics system enables remote monitoring of machine functions — from fuel consumption to service reminders — to improve productivity and efficiency.


Tiffany Cheng

Head of Brand, Marketing and Corporate Communication
Regions Asia and China
Volvo Construction Equipment

Åsa Alström

Head of Strategic Communications
Volvo Construction Equipment

Volvo Tier 4 Final/Stage IV engines

D4 D6 D8 D11 D13 D16
Number of cylinders 4 6 6 6 6 6
Displacement 4.1L/250in3 6.1L/372 in3 7.8L/476 in3 10.8L/659 in3 12.8L/781 in3 16.1L/982 in3
Rated output range 80-115kW/ 107-154hp 100-180kW/ 134-241hp 160-250kW/ 215-335hp 235-265kW/ 315-355hp 220-329kW/295-441hp 350kW/469hp