SuperTruck

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August 17, 2016

DOE Commits $137M to Advance Fuel-Efficient Tech

The Energy Department is announcing up to $137 million in investments for two programs designed to develop next-generation fuel-efficiency technologies in commercial and passenger vehicles, including more funding for SuperTruck II.

June 21, 2016

The Future of Fuel Economy

A fundamental shift in thinking has transformed the trucking industry and ushered in a new era of highly advanced vehicles delivering unprecedented fuel savings. But it’s only the beginning.

June 15, 2016

Breaking the 10 MPG Barrier

10 miles per gallon is more of a line in the sand than the barrier it was once thought to be. Can 11 mpg be far off?

March 1, 2016

DOE Boosts SuperTruck Funding, Medium-Duty Grants

The U.S. Department of Energy has boosted funding for its SuperTruck II initiative to increase fuel efficiency of Class 7and 8 trucks and will provide funding for several projects that would develop alternative powertrains for medium-duty vehicles, the agency announced at the Work Truck Show.

February 19, 2016

DOE Cuts Clean Cities, Boosts SuperTruck

U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) proposed 2017 budget would sharply cut funding to the Clean Cities program and add new funding to an initiative seeking to improve the fuel efficiency of Class 7 and Class 8 trucks.

November 11, 2015

Some Aero Details Not So Obvious

SmartTruck has posted a YouTube video depicting how its UnderTray and other devices work. One item alters air behavior at the "ICC bumper."

July 12, 2015

Daimler's SuperTruck Revealed

With a 115% freight efficiency improvement and 12.2 mpg, the DTNA team had to pull out all the stops to turn its goals into realities.

June 1, 2015

Focus On... Daimler's SuperTruck [VIDEO]

When Daimler Trucks North America unveiled its SuperTruck at MATS, audiences were wowed by its 12.2 mpg fuel mileage and 115% improvement in freight efficiency - even if they didn't know exactly what that meant. Equipment Editor Jim Park got a 30-minute ride in the truck and brings this report on the experience.

May 28, 2015

Peterbilt Highlights Technology Transformation

Two decades ago, Peterbilt was primarily known for its classic truck designs that appealed to owner-operators and small fleets. But as it showed reporters during its Technology Showcase at its plant in Denton, Texas, it has reinvented itself as a company on top of the latest technology and fuel economy.

April 15, 2015

Commentary: Glimpses of the Future in Louisville

With economists and truck makers predicting what truck sales will look like this year, hints of what products we might see announced next year, concept trucks and prototypes on display, the Mid-America Trucking Show is a glimpse of the future.

March 26, 2015

Freightliner Unveils SuperTruck

Freightliner introduced attendees at the 2015 Mid-America Trucking show to its 12.2 mpg SuperTruck. Photos: Stephane Babcock

March 26, 2015

Daimler Achieves 115% Efficiency Improvement with SuperTruck

Daimler Trucks North America unveiled its futuristic SuperTruck at the 2015 Mid-America Trucking Show, saying the project exceeded the company’s expectations. The DTNA SuperTruck has achieved 115% freight efficiency improvement, surpassing the Department of Energy program’s goal of 50% improvement.

December 18, 2014

Navistar Outlines SuperTruck Progress

Increasing brake thermal efficiency in the SuperTruck's diesel engines is proving more challenging than expected and the goal of 55% still seems a ways off.

October 31, 2014

Ultimate Test Drive Video: SuperTruck A Walk Around

In the last installment of the Ultimate Test Drive video series, Equipment Editor Jim Park does a walk around of the SuperTruck with Bruce Bezner, a project engineer at Peterbilt. The two talk about the numerous aerodynamic improvements that make the SuperTruck so efficient. 

View Part 1 Here.  View Part 2 HereView Part 3 Here.

October 27, 2014

Ultimate Test Drive Video: SuperTruck Technology Imitates Life

The SuperTruck's Road Load Managment System acts like a more intelligent cruise control that reads the terrain and adjusts the truck's speed to optimize fuel efficiency on tough hills while increasing speed in other areas. The time to destination stays the same, but fuel economy is improved. Equipment Editor Jim Park explains the system in this Ultimate Test Drive video. 

View Part 1 here.  View Part 2 here.

October 23, 2014

Ultimate Test Drive Video: SuperTruck's Finer Points

We go underneath the hood and between the rails to find out what makes the Peterbilt/Cummins SuperTruck so efficient – 86% more efficient, to be precise. Equipment Editor Jim Park explains in this Ultimate Test Drive video. 

View Part 1 here. 

October 20, 2014

Ultimate Test Drive Video: SuperTruck An Overview

The Peterbilt-Cummins SuperTruck is a vehicle built for fuel efficiency. With clever aerodynamic additions and new technologies, the goal of the project was to create a truck that would provide a 50% improvement in efficiency. Equipment Editor Jim Park gives us an overview.

 

August 26, 2014

Driving A SuperTruck

The SuperTruck lives up to its name as a groundbreaking technology demonstration project that is also fun to drive.

July 7, 2014

Delving Into the Cummins/Peterbilt SuperTruck: Part 1

By the time the Cummins/Peterbilt SuperTruck made its public debut in February boasting 10.7 mpg, some contemporary trucks were achieving better than 8 mpg, and some super-fuel-conscious fleets boast even higher. While that may make the SuperTruck accomplishment seem slightly diminished, that 10.7-mpg milestone is only a small part of the story.

July 7, 2014

The Peterbilt-Cummins SuperTruck, Part 2: More Secrets Revealed

The Peterbilt-Cummins SuperTruck project achieved almost-unheard-of gains of 68% in freight efficiency over a 24-hour duty-cycle, a 50% improvement in freight efficiency on an 11-hour drive-cycle and a 20% improvement in the thermal efficiency of the engine. How did they do it, and what does that mean?

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