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Energy Department Announces $80 Million to Increase SuperTruck Efficiency
The Energy Department on March 1 announced SuperTruck II, an $80 million funding opportunity for research, development, and demonstration of long-haul tractor-trailer truck technology. SuperTruck II projects will seek to improve heavy-truck freight efficiency by more than 100% relative to a manufacturer’s best-in-class 2009 truck, with an emphasis on technology cost-effectiveness and performance.
The Energy Department also announced more than $12 million in selections for three new cost-shared projects focused on the research, development, and demonstration of plug-in electric powertrain technologies for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.
The Energy Department launched its SuperTruck initiative in 2010. Vehicles developed under SuperTruck I are Class 8 combination trucks (commonly known as "18-wheelers") that dramatically increase tractor-trailer fuel, engine, and drivetrain efficiency through the use of advanced technologies. Achieving Class 8 truck efficiency increases will require an integrated systems approach to ensure that the various components of the vehicle work together. SuperTruck II projects will utilize a wide variety of truck and trailer technology approaches to achieve performance targets, such as improvements in engine efficiency and drivetrain efficiency. See the Energy Department news release and the funding announcement.