Peterbilt have announced that they will be working with Cummins to develop new technologies under the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) SuperTruck II program. This program aims to increase freight efficiency and cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2027. Having manufacturers such as Peterbilt helping with this initiative is great news and shows that the industry is getting behind these green initiatives.
Peterbilt has said that they are proud to support this program in cooperation with Cummins and that they will work together to replicate the success of the first SuperTruck program. They have said that their entire team, and the team at Cummins, are focused on developing these new technologies that they hope will transform the industry. The aim is to increase the efficiency of freight transportation, so that drivers can be more successful whilst also decreasing emissions.
This collaboration between Peterbilt and Cummins has brought some of the greatest minds in the industry together to find new and innovative ways of improving the efficiency of heavy truck parts. If each part of a truck can be improved just a little bit, when they are combined, the effect can be huge. But, only with the very best minds on the job, can there be massive amounts of change, like is needed as part of this program.
The program is aimed at improving fuel economy and efficiency through technologies including auxiliary systems such as air compressors, power steering pumps, and cooling pumps. They will also be looking at the aerodynamics of trucks and semis as well as the types of tires that are used. A target of a 15% improvement in aerodynamics has been set which will improve fuel efficiency by up to 7.5% This aerodynamic enhancement will also decrease aerodynamic drag and rolling resistance. The team will also be working with tire manufacturers to investigate new tire compounds and configurations to optimize surface contact and further improve the efficiency of the vehicles.
Looking to the Future
Over the next 5 years, Peterbilt and Cummins will be working together as part of this program and hope to double the baseline efficiency of the truck. During the original SuperTruck program they demonstrated a 66% fuel economy improvement and an incredible 76% freight efficiency improvement over the baseline truck. They developed new technologies such as advanced aerodynamics, predictive cruise control, chassis light-weighting, and battery-based A/C systems to achieve these staggering figures.
Innovation and advancement are key parts of the industry and Peterbilt and Cummins‘ latest partnership marks an enormous commitment from some of the biggest players in the industry to improve the efficiency of heavy trucks and semis. This is great for drivers as it means that they can get more value for their money and make savings over time compared to their current heavy truck. Parts that are more efficient and work better can make all the difference to how trucks and semis behave and this innovation from the industry can only benefit everyone in the long run.