SUPERTRUCK II

Posted: September 1, 2016 in Kenworth

The Department of Energy last week announced $137 million in grants to heavy-duty engine and truck manufacturers for the development of the next SUPERTRUCK iterations, awarding $20 million each to Cummins, Daimler, Volvo and Navistar.  The DOE announced the SUPERTRUCK II program earlier this year.  The goal is to double so-called freight efficiency on Class 8 tractor-trailers by driving down fuel consumption.  The grant recipients will match the DOEs $20 million with $20 million of their own research and development funds.  The SUPERTRUCK II teams will each be responsible for developing different technologies.  Cummins is tasked with developing new technologies to advance engine and drivetrain efficiency.  Daimler will concentrate on full tractor-trailer aerodynamics and electrification of engine accessories.  Navistar will work on electrified engine components and cab aerodynamics.  Volvo will work on lightweighting and alternative engine designs.

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