The good folks over at Energy.gov shared some SuperTruck goodness that’s just too good to pass up. Not sure what a SuperTruck is? Well, that’s a great place to start. The Energy Department kicked off an initiative called SuperTruck with the specific goal of increasing freight efficiency by 50% compared to a baseline vehicle. Now, that wording is tricky, so let’s break it down a bit further.
Freight efficiency is effectively the amount of energy required to move a given amount of freight. Increasing freight efficiency is accomplished by:
Increasing freight density — or the amount of freight that can be packed into a standard unit of space
Increasing truck space utilization — or filling trucks up to a higher fill % instead of shipping partially full trucks.
Reducing the drag coefficient and overall wind resistance of the vehicles.
Increasing the miles per gallon efficiency of the drivetrains that move the freight.
Optimizing air pressure in tires for the load to minimize non-value-add loss due to friction.