Volvo To Launch Tier 4i/Stage 3b Conversion Kit
One of the big questions around Tier 4 off-highway machines in recent years is what happens to those machines when they eventually are sold, to a second or third owner, into less regulated markets.
Now, starting in the second quarter of 2014, Volvo Construction Equipment customers will be able to have their Tier 4i/Stage 3b machines fitted with a special engine conversion kit.
The new kit will enable Volvo owners to sell their used machines in countries where high-sulfur fuels are still used. The conversion kit works by protecting the Volvo engines against high sulfur levels, while still meeting Volvo internal design standards, the company said.
“We know that some of our customers export their used machines to countries outside of the US or EU and must operate on a different type of fuel. We want to assure customers that there will still be a market for Tier 4i/Stage 3b-compliant machines abroad,” says Alan Berger, vice president Product Platforms.
Without the conversion kit, Volvo’s Tier 4i/Stage 3b engines would not operate correctly due to the high-sulfur fuels used in many non-regulated countries. The conversion kit, however, facilitates the reliability of a machine after export, the company said.
“There is increasing demand outside of the US and EU for high quality machines. Now with the conversion kit, Volvo machines can be sold in these markets, which was not previously possible,” Berger said.
More details on these new conversion kits will be covered in a future issue of Diesel Progress North America and Diesel Progress International magazines.