Liebherr T 282B large earth-hauling dump truck
The Liebherr T 282B is a large earth-hauling dump truck designed by Liebherr, a German manufacturer of heavy equipment, household appliances, microelectronics, car parts, tool machines and aerospace components.
At the time of its launch in 2004, the T 282B was the largest earth-hauling truck in the world, although it has lost that title to newer products from competitors. The T 282B has an empty weight of 203 tonnes, and a maximum capacity of 365 tonnes. The maximum operating weight is 592 tonnes. It is 14.5 meters long and 7.4 meters tall over the canopy, with a wheelbase of 6.6 meters. The top level model is driven by a 10.5 tonne, 90 litre diesel engine, developed by Detroit Diesel and MTU (Germany), producing 3650 horsepower (2700 kW). This engine powers two Siemens electric traction motors in the rear axle. The top speed of the truck is 40 mph (65 km/h).
The truck costs about US$ 3.5 million. CD-player and air conditioning systems are optional, unusual in the world of professional hauling. Liebherr expects to sell dozens of them every year, primarily to coal, copper, iron and gold mines in the USA, Chile, Indonesia, South Africa and Australia.
The trucks are assembled in a 10 acre (4 ha) factory in Newport News, Virginia, USA, that can handle four 282s at a time.