It was surprising to learn that average long-haul trucks achieve only 5.5 – 6.5 MPG. Can you imagine the frustration from distribution companies while gas prices continued to climb? The “SuperTruck” fuel enhancement allowed for a 3.3 MPG fuel efficiency upgrade. As mentioned in the parent article, it doesn’t sound like much, but it is actually huge.
This fuel economy improvement would save drivers $25,000 annually based on today’s diesel prices. The “SuperTrucks” will also have a higher freight efficiency improvement of 61% compared to a baseline truck driving the same route. This is a tremendous feat – it surpasses the U.S Department of Energy’s goal of a 50% freight efficiency improvement.
The improvements were due to a more efficient engine, a waste recovery system, electronics that choose the most efficient routes for drivers, low-rolling-resistant tires, weight reductions, and a more aerodynamic chassis. A few changes, a huge improvement. Kudos!
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