LISLE, Ill., Sept. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Navistar today unveiled its innovative SuperTruck demonstration vehicle, CatalIST, which has achieved a freight efficiency improvement of 104 percent compared to the control vehicle, exceeding the improvement goal set by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for the SuperTruck program.
In addition, the Navistar vehicle has achieved fuel efficiency of 13 miles per gallon, and demonstrated 50.3 percent Brake Thermal Efficiency (BTE) and a path towards 55 percent BTE.
The last three letters of the vehicle's name, the CatalIST, stand for "International SuperTruck," referencing the company's International® commercial truck brand. The "CatalIST" concept underscores the company's conviction that the innovations achieved through the program will serve as the catalyst for significant improvements in future commercial vehicles.
"The CatalIST's significant improvements in freight efficiency, achieved with the support of DOE's SuperTruck program, demonstrate tremendous potential for reduction in the trucking industry's consumption of energy," said Mark Stasell, vice president, Product Development. "In addition, a number of the technology innovations we have achieved through the program are already being implemented in production vehicles today."
Stasell pointed to Navistar's predictive cruise control technology as one example of a significant technical innovation the company achieved through the program. Predictive cruise control looks ahead of the vehicle and recognizes the terrain and continuously calculates the most efficient speed and gear for optimal fuel economy in real time. Unlike conventional predictive cruise technology, the company's predictive cruise control uses preinstalled GPS maps and the latest commercial route data to make adjustments to cruising speed without the need to pre-drive the route.
Other improvements included:
The DOE's SuperTruck program, a five-year-long research and development initiative, focused on improving freight efficiency, a measure of the payload carried while burning less fuel, versus 2009 base model trucks. Its objective was to develop and demonstrate a 50 percent improvement in overall freight efficiency on a heavy-duty Class 8 tractor-trailer vehicle as measured in ton-miles per gallon of diesel fuel.
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