GREENSBORO, N.C. — Mack and Volvo have announced they will be collaborating on the design of a SuperTruck, having received US$19 million in funding from the US Department of Energy.
The goal is to design a truck that will improve the freight-moving efficiency of heavy-duty trucks while reducing greenhouse gases.
Researchers and engineers in Greensboro, N.C. and Hagerstown, Md., will lead the project, which will run over the next five years, the companies announced. They will look for ways to maximize the output potential of the energy source and improve truck aerodynamics.
“We are delighted to receive this SuperTruck award that builds upon an already strong relationship with the US Department of Energy,” said Ron Huibers, Volvo Trucks senior vice-president, sales and marketing. “Freight transportation plays a vital role in our daily lives and the strength of our nation, so it’s essential that we step up our efforts to create the best, most efficient heavy-duty truck solutions possible. This public-private partnership is an important step forward as we continue to expand our technology leadership.”
“Integrated proprietary components provide superior performance because they’re specifically designed to work together,” added Kevin Flaherty, Mack senior vice-president, US and Canada. “Our EPA2010 solution is a good example. he intelligent integration of the Mack MP series engines and Mack ClearTech SCR system delivers maximum fuel efficiency and near-zero regulated emissions. We look forward to bringing this kind of expertise to the SuperTrucktable.”
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