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February 22, 2017   |   Commercial Carrier Journal


Volvo’s SuperTruck is part evolution, part revolution

The goal of the initial SuperTruck program was to boost freight efficiency by 50 percent. The Swedish-engineered SuperTruck sailed through that mark, hitting 88 percent while also improving fuel efficiency by 70 percent, which exceeded the 12 mpg target. Some test runs showed more than 13 mpg and powertrain brake thermal efficiency reaching 50 percent.

The baseline for thermal efficiency is about 42 percent, meaning SuperTruck converts about 8 percent more of its fuel to usable power.

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