DOE to Award $12.5 Million for Improved Truck Efficiency


The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is now accepting applications for the formation of a consortium dedicated to research and development of five technologies linked to improving the efficiency of medium- and heavy-duty trucks. The DOE hopes to award up to $12.5 million in pursuit of these technologies.

The consortium is being funded under the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center, and the U.S. consortium will focus on the following five research topics:

  • Advanced internal combustion engine and powertrain systems;
  • Overall energy management and system-level efficiency improvements;
  • Hybrid electric powertrains, including regenerative braking and energy storage;
  • Aerodynamic improvements, tires and vehicle weight reduction; and
  • Applied research, test and evaluations to the above topics.

The consortium will focus on cost-effective weights to improve freight efficiency within the framework of existing federal emissions and safety standards.

The DOE also recently announced $80 million of funding for the next stage of the SuperTruck II efficiency project, which aims to double the fuel economy of 2009 model-year heavy-duty freight trucks.

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