The L 580 made its mark with high fuel efficiency
Liebherr-Werk Bischofshofen presented the L 580 at Bauma 1998 which attracted a great deal of attention due to its low fuel consumption. “Up to eight litres less fuel consumed per operating hour!”, promised the largest Liebherr wheel loader at the time, the L 580. The computer-controlled power-shift transmission together with the optimised switching characteristics and drive train were responsible for the diesel savings and earned the L 580 and its wheel loader peers the affectionate nickname of “diesel piggy bank”.
But it wasn't just the diesel consumption that made competitors at the time stop and listen. The design of the largest wheel loader was also fundamentally revised. Even though the design had always had a functional use, for maximum drive comfort, Liebherr installed the cab on the rear vehicle for the first time. This solution is still in use today.
In 1998, the L 580 was the largest Liebherr wheel loader
At Bauma 1998, Liebherr presented the L 580 "diesel piggy bank": L 580 operators saved up to 8 litres in each hour of operation