Volvo Will Develop SuperTruck for US Market Using Federal Funding
Volvo Technology of America is scheduled to receive $19m (£11.5m) in federal funding to be used by the Volvo Group’s North American truck-related operations to improve the freight-moving efficiency of heavy-duty trucks and reduce greenhouse gases.
Engineering teams in Greensboro, North Carolina and Hagerstown, Maryland, have been entrusted with the project and will develop the heavy-duty rig over the next five years. Their focus is to move heavy loads using less fuel, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Improved truck aerodynamics and energy conversion efficiency - maximizing the output potential of the energy source - are two areas that hold great promise for Class 8 efficiency gains, according to Volvo.
“We are delighted to receive this SuperTruck award that builds upon an already strong relationship with the U.S. 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.”
“We appreciate the Department of Energy’s recognition of Volvo as a global technology leader,” said Peter Karlsten, Volvo Powertrain president, and senior vice president of technology for the Volvo Group. “Our partnership will help drive the development of technologies needed to maximize energy efficiency as we address the reality of a finite supply of petroleum-based resources.”