Volvo Construction Equipment is now offering the first in a series of engine conversion kits that allow Volvo customers to resell their Tier 4i/Stage IIIB machines outside of the US and EU – regardless of when the machine was purchased.
A Tier 4i/Stage IIIB engine conversion kit from Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) enables Volvo customers to resell their used Tier 4i/Stage IIIB machines for use in less-regulated countries where high-sulfur fuels are used. The first kits are now available for the company’s A25-A40 articulated haulers (fitted with D11, D13 and D16 engines) and the L150-L250 wheel loaders (D13 engine). Early next year, kits will also be available for the EC340-EC480 excavators (D13 engine). Throughout 2015, conversion kits will become available for Volvo machines equipped with medium-duty engines (D4-D8).
“The conversion kit adjusts the engine system so it can handle high-sulfur fuels up to 10,000 ppm,” explains Alan Berger, vice president of product platforms at Volvo CE. “This eliminates the need for regeneration and allows Volvo customers to export their used machines to less-regulated countries in markets such as North Africa or South America. Without a conversion kit, Tier 4i/Stage IIIB machines will not operate correctly due to the difference in fuel quality. We have developed and tested our conversion kit with a focus on quality and reliability, providing a robust solution for our customers.”
“The Volvo conversion kit consists of two parts: hardware is exchanged and software is updated,” says Alan. “The new owner should contact their local Volvo dealer in the destination country to arrange for the conversion kit to be fitted. Installation will take around half a day and the conversion is permanent.”
Text: Charlie Ebers