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CFD on Tractor/Trailer

CFD on Tractor/Trailer

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Smart Truck Program


There are over 3,000,000 Class 8 trucks (18 wheelers) in commercial operation today. Approximately 1,300,000 of them operate primarily on long haul routes (commonly defined as a trip requiring one or more night on the road). Trucks carry 75% of all U.S. freight and 80% of U.S. communities get 100% of their consumables delivered by truck.

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The SmartTruck project will utilize aerospace (Boeing and NASA) and racing (NASCAR) technologies to create a long haul truck capable of 9 mpg in commercial operations.

SmartTruck is not an experimental project. The same science and technologies used in the design and manufacturing of commercial airliners will be employed to produce Smart Truck. The project will be completed in a short period of time and for a commercially viable price. Smart Trucks will bring almost immediate relief to both the economy and to the environment.

The first step of the SmartTruck program is the release of the undertray system. The undertray system improves the fuel milage of class 8 trucks by up to 11.5% if all options are included. For more information about the SmartTruck Undertray system please visit SmartTruck's website.

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What will be the effects of a 3 mpg improvement?

Each truck will save approximately 4,500 gallons of fuel per year!

A 101,000 lbs reduction of CO2 per truck per year

A savings of approximately $13,500 per truck per year in fuel costs