More funding for the SuperTruck saving fuel initiative by the US Government has recently been announced. The U.S. Energy Department has announced a second round of $137 million in funding for the various projects.
SuperTruck II, will fund four projects to develop and demonstrate cost-effective technologies to more than double the freight efficiency of heavy duty trucks. 35 new projects will receive $57 million to develop and deploy a wide array of cutting-edge vehicle technologies, including advanced batteries and electric drive systems, to reduce carbon emissions and petroleum consumption in passenger cars and light trucks.
“These investments will accelerate the development of innovative vehicle technologies that will save businesses and consumers money at the pump, cut carbon emissions, and strengthen our economy,” said D of E Acting Assistant Secretary, David Friedman.“SuperTruck II builds on the successful SuperTruck I program, which has already led to more than twenty fuel saving technologies that have reached the commercial market.”
In 2010, the Energy Department launched the SuperTruck initiative to improve heavy-duty truck freight efficiency by 50 per cent. Three of the four competitively-selected teams accepted the challenge and have exceeded the 50 per cent goal. The fourth team is on track to exceed the target this year.
For SuperTruck II, the Energy Department has selected the following four SuperTruck II teams for projects of $20 million in federal funding, and each recipient will match that amount, dollar-for-dollar
- Cummins, will design and develop a new more-efficient engine and advanced drivetrain and vehicle technologies.
- Daimler Trucks will develop and demonstrate a semi-trailer combination using a suite of technologies including active aerodynamics, cylinder deactivation, hybridisation, and the electrification of accessories.
- Navistar will design and develop a vehicle and powertrain with electrified engine components that can enable higher engine efficiency and a significantly more aerodynamically reengineered cab.
- Volvo will develop and demonstrate a semi-trailer combination with lightweight cab that achieves the freight efficiency goal using alternative engine designs and a variety of system technologies.