PETERBILT SUPERTRUCK BRINGS GROUNDBREAKING FUEL EFFICIENCY TO EARTH DAY TEXAS
DENTON, Texas (April 23, 2014)
The Peterbilt SuperTruck – which achieved a groundbreaking 10.7 miles per gallon in recent testing and was featured during a Presidential press conference on national fuel-saving initiatives – will be on display April 26 and 27 during the annual Earth Day Texas event in Dallas’ Fair Park. Peterbilt is headquartered and has its heavy-duty truck manufacturing plant in Denton, Texas, about 40 miles north of the event.
“We’re excited to showcase this advanced vehicle which demonstrates designs and technologies that raise industry expectations for fuel efficiency in a heavy-duty commercial vehicle,” says Ken Damon, Peterbilt’s SuperTruck Project Manager. “Earth Day Texas is a great event and an ideal venue to educate the public about the many green initiatives Peterbilt and the industry are making.”
Damon added that Peterbilt recently received the top award – the North Texas Clean Air Champion – at the ninth annual Working for Clean Air Awards from the North Texas Commission.
The Peterbilt SuperTruck was developed through a Department of Energy program to improve long-haul Class 8 vehicle freight efficiency. The program focuses on truck and trailer aerodynamics, highly efficient engine systems and other technologies.
The SuperTruck that will be on display at the event is a derivative of a Peterbilt Model 579 which recently achieved an average of 10.7 mpg during real-world testing. The industry average for heavy-duty commercial vehicles is approximately six mpg. SuperTruck averaged a 75 percent increase in fuel economy, a 43 percent reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and an 86 percent gain in freight efficiency in head-to-head testing against a 2009 baseline truck – all significant improvements.
The vehicle was recently on display for President Barack Obama's announcement of firm deadlines for the next generation of national fuel-efficiency and GHG emissions standards for heavy-duty commercial vehicles. In addition to the benefits of reduced fuel consumption and petroleum usage, the SuperTruck’s improvements in engine system efficiency will deliver a significant reduction in GHG emissions.
The SuperTruck project objectives have included development and demonstration of a highly efficient and clean diesel engine, an advanced waste heat recovery system, an aerodynamic tractor and trailer combination and a lithium ion battery-auxiliary power unit, to reduce engine idling.
The Peterbilt SuperTruck was developed from the Peterbilt Model 579 platform, with best-in-class aerodynamic efficiency. The engine, based on Cummins ISX15, converts exhaust heat into power delivered to the crankshaft, and has electronic control software that uses 3D terrain and route information to optimize fuel use. The SuperTruck also includes chassis refinements, improvements in the aerodynamics and other significant advances in the engine. Lightweighting throughout the tractor-trailer also enables increased freight efficiency.
Earth Day Texas is held at Fair Park (1121 1st Ave. / Dallas, TX 75210) and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 26 and 27.
About Peterbilt Motors Company
Peterbilt Motors Company, located in Denton, Texas, has a global reputation for superior quality, industry leading design, innovative engineering and fuel efficient solutions, and is recognized as the "Class" of the industry. Peterbilt provides a comprehensive array of aftermarket support programs through its 350-plus North American dealer locations that complement its full lineup of on-highway, vocational and medium duty products, including alternative fuel vehicles. Peterbilt offers industry leading service and support, including preventive maintenance plans, expedited Rapid Check diagnostic services, automated parts inventory replenishment and 24/7 complimentary Customer Assistance through 1-800-4-Peterbilt. For more information about Peterbilt, visit www.peterbilt.com.
Peterbilt is a PACCAR Company, traded publicly on the NASDAQ as PCAR.