On Tuesday, September 13, 2016 Volvo Trucks unveiled the future of trucking – they call it SuperTruck.
“We looked at it as a knowledge accelerator,” said Goran Nyberg, President of Volvo Trucks North America. “It’s a milestone in our history.”
Produced under the Department of Energy, the objective of the SuperTruck project is feasibility, being able to produce technologies and innovations that’ll actually make it into trucks on North American roads. Volvo took a measured approach and considered practicality for commercial production of the different technologies employed in the SuperTruck.
Take a look at some of the new features:
Instead of side-view mirrors on the truck, SuperTruck has mounts containing two cameras each, designed to limit aerodynamic drag to a minimum. Inside the cab at both sides of the windshield are live-view displays from the cameras outside. They are just about the same size and shape of typical truck mirrors, so it feels like they just moved the mirrors inside the cab.
Along with no side-view mirrors attached to the outside, there are no more sidesteps showing… Instead, they are hidden beneath swing-out aero panels. And say goodbye to the tractor-trailer gap. Fairings extend from the back of the cab and curve in at the front of the trailer to create a much smoother gap airflow on the SuperTruck.
All of Volvo SuperTruck’s aerodynamic enhancements help reduce drag by 40% compared with a standard Volvo tractor and 53-ft. trailer.
The large aerodynamic vehicle Volvo created wouldn’t be possible without the help of their partners (ExxonMobil, Grote Industries, Metalsa, Michelin, the University of Michigan, the Pennsylvania State University and Ridge Corp) and many, many physics equations such as the calculation for freight efficiency.
More information and photos on the Volvo SuperTruck.
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