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October 12, 2016

Navistar's SuperTruck

Navistar's SuperTruck is the fourth and final truck to come from round 1 of the Department of Energy's SuperTruck funding initiative. Equipment Editor, Jim Park, caught up with the truck and chief engineer Dean Obermann at the annual conference of the Society of Automotive Engineers, Commercial Vehicles (SAE COMVEC), conference in Rosemont, Ill. in early October and captured these photos. 

September 13, 2016

Volvo SuperTruck in Photos

Volvo Trucks North America revealed its contribution to the Department of Energy's SuperTruck project on Sept. 13, 2016. VTNA President Göran Nyberg presented the truck to DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz near DOE headquarters in Washington D.C. Equipment Editor Jim Park was there and compiled this gallery of the event.

September 13, 2016

On the Spot: Aiming for SuperTruck II Goals [Video]

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz was present for the unveiling of Volvo's SuperTruck concept/demo rig in Washington, D.C. Here's what he had to say about reaching the DOE's next step in the fuel economy/freight efficiency project: SuperTruck II.

August 31, 2016

Volvo Group Outlines SuperTruck II Plans

Volvo Group has outlined how it plans to use $20 million in federal funding to further the freight-moving efficiency of heavy-duty trucks as part of the SuperTruck II initiative.

October 29, 2015

UPS Deploys Electric Step Vans in Texas

UPS has begun using 18 battery-electric delivery trucks in the Houston-Galveston area of Texas and projects a savings of 1.1 million gallons of diesel fuel over 20 years with the move, the parcel company has announced.

July 15, 2015

DOE Funds Algae Biofuel Research

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has allocated $18 million in funding to six projects in an effort to reduce the modeled price of algae-based biofuels to less than $5/CGE by 2019 and $3/CGE by 2030.

August 27, 2014

Q&A: Green Fleet Conference Speaker Mark Smith

Mark Smith, the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program’s vehicles technologies deployment manager, will be kick starting the 2014 Green Fleet Conference as its opening keynote speaker. We talked to him about he program, fleet challenges and more.

June 19, 2014

Daimler Trucks Hits SuperTruck Goals Ahead of Schedule

Daimler Trucks North America said Thursday it has realized the objectives of its SuperTruck program one year ahead of schedule. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, the SuperTruck program is an ambitious five-year research and development initiative focused on improving freight efficiency, reducing fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions of Class 8 trucks.

June 16, 2014

A Good Review for SuperTruck Program

Truck and engine manufacturers report significant efficiency gains as a result of the public-private “SuperTruck” program. An interim assessment of the Energy Department’s collaborative effort says that the concept vehicles are closing in on a 50% improvement in freight efficiency and a 20% improvement in engine efficiency.

February 24, 2014

‘Fool’ Web Story Notes Cummins-Peterbilt SuperTruck MPG Number

Except for highway wrecks, it isn’t often that the general news media get interested in big rigs. But one online outlet, www.fool.com, now has a story about the SuperTruck project, specifically the Peterbilt-Cummins vehicle recently displayed in Washington, D.C., for President Obama’s announcement about fuel economy standards for commercial trucks.

November 14, 2013

Diesel Forecast for 2014 Drops to $3.73

Falling Brent crude oil prices has once again lowered the projected average price for diesel in 2014. The U.S. Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration’s new Short-Term Energy Outlook expects diesel fuel prices, which averaged $3.97 per gallon in 2012, are projected to average $3.91 per gallon in 2013 and $3.73 per gallon in 2014.

November 12, 2013

Diesel Prices Drop Again

Diesel prices continue to slide this week as the national average dropped to $3.83 per gallon, which is down 2.5 cents from last week and 14.8 cents from last year at this time.

August 6, 2013

Diesel, Gasoline and Oil Prices Expected to Move Lower

Diesel prices this year are expected to average slightly less than they were last year and continue moving lower next year, according to a new forecast.

July 8, 2013

Trailers: The Next Generation

There aren’t many things less aerodynamic than a box. And a dry van trailer is basically a 53-foot box on wheels. The drag caused by that box and its effect on fuel economy is a challenge that has been taken up by the SuperTruck program.

March 13, 2013

Diesel Forecast Moves Lower

A new government report is predicting diesel prices will be lower than a previous forecast, due to an expected decline in the price of oil along with other factors. The U.S. Energy Department’s Short-Term Energy Outlook says after averaging $3.97 per gallon last year, on-highway diesel prices are expected to average $3.90 per gallon this year.

February 19, 2013

Diesel Increases For Fifth Straight Week

The average U.S. cost of diesel has increased for the fifth straight week and is at its highest level since mid-August of 2008.

January 13, 2013

DOE Asks for HOS Break Rules Exemption

The U.S. Department of Energy is requesting an exemption from the 30-minute rest break provision of the hours-of-service regulations

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