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United States : US pays $US80 million to expand SuperTruck Fuel Efficiency Program.

$US80 million has been paid by the US to expand the SuperTruck fuel efficiency program.

Deputy assistant secretary for transportation within the Department of Energy Reuben Sarkar declared that the SuperTruck 2 program at the Green Truck Summit in Indianapolis.

The new challenge is for the big manufacturers to meliorate Class 8 combination trucks, also called as 18-wheelers, freight efficiency figures by 100% over the most efficient prime mover and trailer combination from 2009. The efficiency is evaluated on a miles/ton-gallon basis.

"Improving the efficiency of commercial trucks is critical to reducing our petroleum consumption, strengthening our clean energy economy, and further reducing our contributions to climate change," Sarkar says.

"This new funding will not only accelerate innovation but also foster rapid market adoption of new energy efficient vehicle technologies."

More than $12 million has also been declared by Sarkar in financing for three new cost-shared projects centered on the research, development, and demonstration of plug-in electric powertrain technologies for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.

SuperTruck 2 projects are expected to use a variety of technology approaches to achieve performance targets, such as improvements in engine efficiency, drivetrain efficiency, aerodynamic drag, tire rolling resistance, and vehicle weight.

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Date:Mar 8, 2016
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