Hino pleased with DEF consumption rate

Nov. 1, 2009
Trucks in Hino's demo fleet featuring Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology to meet the EPA 2010 emissions requirements are getting diesel exhaust

TRUCKS in Hino's demo fleet — featuring Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology to meet the EPA 2010 emissions requirements — are getting diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) consumption of up to 2000 mpg, according to Glenn Ellis, VP of marketing and dealer operations.

Ellis said that on trucks with a line-haul application, they're reporting up to 2000 mpg. And on reefer units with more stop-and-go use, they're seeing 600 mpg. That falls into a 0.4% to 1.2% range against fuel usage. Ellis said Hino's target was 1-2% against fuel usage, and 500-1000 mpg of DEF consumption.

“We've been very pleased with what we've seen on the DEF consumption rate,” he said. “That obviously brings down the cost of ownership.”

DEF will be available through all 176 Hino dealers. In addition, a coalition of industries — including truck manufacturers, truck stops, retail fueling stations, fuel distributors, and DEF producers — will have established bulk DEF filling stations across North America.

New Hino trucks with SCR will meet all EPA 2010 emissions standards with near-zero levels of all regulated particulates (0.01 g/hp-hr) and NOx (0.2 g/hp-hr), including hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide. The position and location of the SCR unit, along with the DPR tank, is under the passenger entry on all 2010-compliant Hino models.

New display features for the driver include DEF monitoring, warning lights, and audio-assisted troubleshooting. Ellis said that filling the truck with DEF is not much different than re-fueling with diesel, though the usage ratio is significantly less. The DEF tank will accommodate 4.7 gallons, allowing the vehicle to travel as many as 2500 miles per tank. Hino trucks will monitor the DEF fluid level within the instrument cluster just like fuel.

Hino owners will also enjoy many options in terms of filling their DEF tank from using one gallon jugs to top of their tank, or just two 2.5 gallon jugs to completely fill the tank. Those customers who have their own fuel island can purchase DEF in 55-gallon drums or 275-gallon totes. Depending on the vehicle application, the DEF tanks will be located under the cab on the exterior of the frame rail and will be conducive to quick and easy fill-ups.

Ellis said the chassis layout will feature a fuel filter that is underneath the hood so that it is out of the way of body applications, and the air dryer has been moved from outside to inside the chassis.

An optional clean CA chassis has air tanks under the frame, a full air brake (two tanks), hydraulic brake (one tank), and 46-gallon fuel tank under cab.

In the cab, the grab handle's grip position has been changed and three switch spaces have been added.

Hino has gone from a single-fuse system to a dual-fuse system and removed some of the higher amp connectors from the main fuse and relocated them to the secondary fuse located underneath the hood.

“It's a little bit more user-friendly for operators,” Ellis said.

The D connector has been removed and the PTO engine control system is now its own connector. Hino has added Q and R connectors, with the Q now a secondary preset switch. The H connector has been eliminated, and the I connector has been dedicated as occupied for the backup lamps.

Ellis said the 2011MY changes feature the elimination of the LDT (Class 4-5) models (145, 165, and 185), the addition of a high-torque engine (260 hp and 660 ft-lbs on the 338), and the release of the 2500RDS transmission to the 338.

The 2012MY will feature a Class 4-5 cabover (200-plus hp, 33” width frame), a Class 4-5 cabover hybrid, and a high-torque engine and tandem axles.

Proposed for the 2013MY is a Class 6 conventional hybrid.

Key dates for 2010:

  • January 5: 2011MY body builders guide will be available.

  • April 1: first day of production for 2011MY trucks.

  • May 1: 2011MY trucks start to show up at Hino dealers.

Center with Fontaine

Hino and Fontaine Modification Company announced that Fontaine will open a dedicated modification center in Williamstown, West Virginia, to support Hino's West Virginia- based truck assembly plant.

Hino said that having Fontaine as an extension of the assembly plant in West Virginia affords Hino the ability to offer many more options seamlessly to its dealers and customers.

The Williamstown modification center will continue to provide Hino Trucks with all current production options, including extended cab, 338 City Tractor, Dual Steer Sit-down and Dual Steer Right Hand Stand up packages. Additionally, Hino is looking to expand its product offering with the assistance of Fontaine Modification by offering additional paint options, bus chassis, RV chassis, and fire rescue chassis packages.

“We see this partnership as a strategic approach to bringing the Hino truck to many of our target markets in a fairly quick manner, while maintaining our high level of quality,” Ellis said.

The new modification center is located across the street from Hino's assembly plant, enabling the seamless integration of modifications into the truck production and delivery process. Fontaine began transitioning all Hino work from its Springfield, Ohio, center to Williamstown in November.

About the Author

Rick Weber | Associate Editor

Rick Weber has been an associate editor for Trailer/Body Builders since February 2000. A national award-winning sportswriter, he covered the Miami Dolphins for the Fort Myers News-Press following service with publications in California and Australia. He is a graduate of Penn State University.