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DTNA earns truck award

By Rob Blackstien   


Company recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Freightliner Cascadia

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) was recently named one of the recipients to be honoured by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for the third SuperTruck initiative.

As part of this, the DOE will spend US$199 million funding 25 projects to help create cleaner cars and trucks, including battery and fuel cell-powered trucks, and also improve the electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

DTNA was awarded almost US$26 million, which it plans to use to develop a Class 8 hydrogen fuel cell electric truck with a range target of 600 miles, the fuel efficiency for regional and long-haul applications, and zero tailpipe emissions.

“Inaction is not an option. As market-leader, we are in the driver seat to bring new, clean trucking solutions to market,” says Dr. Rainer Müller-Finkeldei, Senior Vice President Engineering and Technology at DTNA.


DTNA has been a participant of the SuperTruck program since its inception in 2015. Some of the features from the first SuperTruck design are available now in the Freightliner Cascadia, including enhanced aerodynamics, improved engine thermal efficiency and powertrain integration technologies such as down speeding, and predictive powertrain controls.

The company will reveal SuperTruck 2 next year and SuperTruck 3 by the end of 2025.


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