Daimler SuperTruck recognized for freight efficiency

Freightliner SuperTruck

Daimler Trucks North America’s (DTNA) SuperTruck program has been awarded the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office’s Distinguished Achievement Award.

According to the DOE, DTNA received this recognition for its “can-do attitude and willingness to take risks, resulting in twice the freight efficiency goal of the SuperTruck project.”

In March 2015, DTNA announced the final results of its five-year research and development program, reporting that its SuperTruck achieved 115 percent freight efficiency improvement over a 2009 baseline truck – surpassing the DOE goal of 50 percent improvement. The SuperTruck also achieved 50.2 percent engine brake thermal efficiency.

The final SuperTruck demonstrator – at 65,000 lbs GVWR and traveling at 65 mph – achieved an average result of 12.2 mpg, which approximately doubles the fuel efficiency of the 2009 baseline vehicle.