Kenworth Trucks said it will work with United Parcel Service on the $8 million SuperTruck II program, which is funded by the Vehicle Technologies Office of the Department of Energy. Program goals include the demonstration of greater than 100 percent improvement in freight efficiency over equivalent 2009 trucks and a 55 percent engine increase in brake thermal efficiency performance.
“This important program is designed to produce advancements that will benefit fleets and truck operators with future reductions in fuel usage and emissions,” said Mike Dozier, Kenworth general manager and PACCAR vice president.
“The UPS collaboration with Kenworth is an opportunity to study cutting-edge technologies in our real-world truck applications, expand the boundaries beyond what is possible today, and further enhance performance and efficiency,” said Bill Brentar, UPS Director of Maintenance and Engineering for Transportation Equipment. “This initiative will also help support UPS’s sustainability commitment to reduce its absolute greenhouse gas emissions from global ground operations 12 percent by 2025.”
According to the DOE, trucks haul 80 percent of goods in the United States and use about 28 billion gallons of fuel per year. This accounts for approximately 22 percent of national transportation energy usage.