Super Truck II Program * USA: To consume 300 million fewer barrels of oil
* Ohio - From theory to reality: How soon will tomorrow’s trucks incorporate SuperTruck technologies?
--- In 2010, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) introduced the SuperTruck program, the aim of which was to develop tractor-trailers that by 2015 were 50% more efficient than the 2009 baseline models. Enlisted for the project were four major truck OEMs: Daimler, Peterbilt (working with Cummins), Volvo and Navistar's International... Now, these four OEMs are back for round two. The SuperTruck II program was introduced earlier this year, and the DOE distributed $80 million for the project—$20 million for each manufacturer. This time the goal is to develop technologies that improve fuel efficiency by more than 100% compared to model year 2009 vehicles... The ultimate goal of this project is not simply to develop the SuperTrucks, but to advance technologies that can become part of tomorrow’s over-the-road truck, improving fuel efficiency across the board. According to DOE calculations, if all Class 8 trucks in the U.S. included SuperTruck technology, the country wold consume nearly 300 million fewer barrels of oil and spend nearly $30 billion less on fuel each year—and that’s not even taking into account what will come out of SuperTruck II...
Akron, OH, USA - Fleet Equipment Magazine, by Alex Crissey - Nov 11, 2016