The U.S Department of Energy is announcing heavy investments for two programs designed to help develop next-generation fuel efficiency technologies in commercial and passenger vehicles.
The program is designed to advance the technology in developing next-generation fuel efficiency for heavy and medium duty vehicles while accelerating advancements in technology for passenger and lighter trucks as well.
A total of $137 million is being pumped to advance the technology and help develop an array of cutting edge technologies. Also, it will invest in 35 new projects which include advanced batteries and electrical drive systems which will reduce carbon emissions and petroleum consumption in passenger cars and trucks.
David Friedman, acting assistant secretary said, "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. SuperTruck II builds on the successful SuperTruck I program, which has already led to more than 20 fuel-saving technologies that have reached the commercial market."
Companies like Cummins, Daimler Trucks North America, Navistar, and Volvo Technology of America will develop the technologies in the Super Truck II initiative programme.
Cummins will design and develop a new more-fuel-efficient engine, an advanced drivetrain, and vehicle technologies.
Daimler Trucks North America will develop a tractor-trailer combination by using a host of technologies which includes active aerodynamics, cylinder deactivation, and lots more.
Navistar will develop and design a vehicle and powertrain with electrified engine components which enable higher fuel efficiency and better aerodynamically re-engineered cab.
Volvo Technologies of America will design and develop the tractor-trailer combination with a lighter cab which should achieve freight efficiency using alternative engine designs and a host of system technologies.