DOE ANNOUNCES SUPERTRUCK II PROJECT AWARDEES
DOE has selected four projects under its SuperTruck II program to develop and demonstrate cost-effective technologies aimed at doubling the freight efficiency of Class 8 trucks. The SuperTruck II initiative builds upon the first program launched in 2010 to improve heavy-duty truck freight efficiency by 50%. The four awardees are Cummins, Daimler Trucks North America, Navistar, and Volvo Technology of America.
Cummins’ project will include design and development of a new, more-efficient engine and advanced drivetrain and vehicle technologies. Daimler Trucks North America’s project will develop and demonstrate a tractor-trailer combination using a suite of technologies including active aerodynamics, cylinder deactivation, hybridization, and the accessory electrification. Navistar will design and develop a vehicle and powertrain with electrified engine components that can enable higher engine efficiency and a significantly more aerodynamically re-engineered cab. Volvo Technology of America’s project will develop and demonstrate a tractor-trailer combination with a light-weight cab that achieves improved freight efficiency goals using alternative engine designs and a variety of system technologies.
Each development team will receive $20 million in federal funding with recipients matching such awards dollar-for-dollar.