The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently awarded $199 million to fund 25 projects focused on developing zero-emission vehicles, as well as the infrastructure to power them. The announcement, made by both Vice President Kamala Harris and U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm, included more than $127 for the DOE’s SuperTruck 3 program.
Initially launched by the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in 2009, the SuperTruck Initiative’s goal was to improve heavy-duty truck freight efficiency by 50%, which it did — by more than double. While SuperTruck 2 aimed to double fuel efficiency for Class 8 trucks, the most current iteration, SuperTruck 3, will work to improve medium- and heavy-duty truck efficiencies and reduce emissions of freight transportation.
“As America’s solutions department, DOE is working with manufacturers and industry partners to reimagine vehicle transportation across the country to achieve our climate goals—from lowering carbon emissions to increasing efficiency and affordability,” said Secretary Granholm. “This investment and the innovations that come from it will help shape our clean energy future and strengthen domestic manufacturing that support good-paying careers for hardworking Americans.”