WARRENVILLE, Ill. — Navistar has received US federal funding to develop a highly-efficient tractor-trailer combination which the company hopes will reduce fuel consumption by at least 15%.
The US Department of Energy is funding half of a 30-month project that will explore aerodynamic tractors, trailers and tires.
“Navistar is proud to work with the Department of Energy on a project that will help reduce tractor-trailer fuel consumption and reduce the country’s dependence on foreign oil,” said Jack Allen, Navistar’s president of North American truck operations. “Over the last several years, we’ve developed some of the most fuel-efficient, aerodynamic trucks on the road and we’re excited to apply the aerodynamic breakthroughs of our trucks into a complete tractor-trailer combination.”
Other partners include Frito Lay, Kentucky Trailer, Freight Wing and Michelin. Once the most efficient tractor-trailer combination possible is configured, it will be tested by a commercial fleet. Navistar will be contributing its aerodynamic International ProStar towards the initiative.
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