Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has unveiled a concept truck under the Freightliner brand called Super Truck. According to the maker, it demonstrates “a wide range of possibilities for significantly improved efficiency of road freight transport in the future.”
Revealed at North America’s biggest commercial vehicle exhibition, the Mid-America Trucking Show, the Freightliner SuperTruck concept stands out among production trucks due to its aerodynamic shape – for a truck, at least. But the SuperTruck is more than refined aerodynamics.
Reduced fuel consumption is achieved through energy management. test drives have revealed the SuperTruck averages about 19 liters of fuel per 100 km (12.2 mpg) at a speed of around 100 km/h (65 mph) and a gross vehicle weight rating of 29.5 metric tons (65,000 lbs GVWR). Furthermore, compared to a 2009 baseline truck, the SuperTruck achieved a 115 percent freight efficiency improvement (measured in ton-miles per gallon).