SuperTruck

Advanced cruise control system pushes Navistar SuperTruck to double efficiency standards set by DOE, company says

The CatalIST SuperTruck achieves a fuel economy of 13 mpg. Navistar says one of the major gains made by the SuperTruck development is in its predictive cruise control, which looks ahead of the vehicle and recognizes the terrain and continuously calculates the most efficient speed and gear for optimal fuel economy in real time.

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Photos: Volvo introduces SuperTruck concept, averages over 12 mpg

The tractor-trailer concept combination vehicle also boosted fuel efficiency by 70 percent, exceeding its 12 miles per gallon target. While SuperTruck itself will likely never reach production, many of the technologies implemented during the project are already on the highway.

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Several major truck, engine makers awarded $20M to build SuperTruck II

The DOE announced the SuperTruck II program earlier this year. The goal, it says, is to double so-called freight efficiency on Class 8 tractor-trailers by driving down fuel consumption. The program follows up on the original SuperTruck program, which handed out the same $20 million to major truck and engine makers in 2010 to improve fuel economy over 2009 tractor-trailers by 50 percent.

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SuperTruck, Round 2: Dept. of Energy wants to give truck makers another $80M to raise fuel economy bar

The DOE says SuperTruck II will utilize a variety of truck and trailer technology approaches to achieve performance targets, such as improvements in engine efficiency, drivetrain efficiency, aerodynamic drag, tire rolling resistance and vehicle weight. The goal is to double fuel economy of the most efficient tractor-trailer from 2009.

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Video: Behind the wheel of Freightliner’s SuperTruck

Overdrive had the chance last month to get in cab — and behind the wheel — of Freightliner's concept SuperTruck vehicle.

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Volvo gets SuperTruck funds

Volvo and Mack Trucks will team to improve the freight-moving efficiency of heavy-duty trucks and reduce greenhouse gases.

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IdleAire pulls the plug, truckers urge hours flexibility, intermodal transport gained market share against trucks, EPA revises its 2010 engine emission guidance and more are issues covered.

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‘SuperTruck’ draws Navistar attention

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. – When Navistar’s Steve Bruford envisions the truck of the future, he sees a tractor-trailer getting over 10 mpg. The truck manufacturer is taking the first step toward hitting that goal through testing it’s been performing here the past 15 months in the world’s largest wind tunnel at NASA’s Ames Research Center. Under a $2 million U.S. Department of Energy grant, Navistar has been testing commercially available and proposed aerodynamic devices attached to ...

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‘SuperTruck’ draws Navistar attention

With the help of government grants, Navistar aims to develop more fuel-efficient trucks.

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3 manufacturers to get ‘SuperTruck’ financing

Cummins, Daimler North America and Navistar will receive $115 million in fuel efficiency projects.

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