Review of the 21st Century Truck Partnership

The amount of fuel consumed annually by heavy-duty trucks and buses has more than doubled over the past 35 years and now accounts for 21 percent of the total surface-transportation fuel used in the United States (DOE, EERE, 2005). Improving the fuel economy of trucks and reducing emissions to help meet environmental goals have become significant issues in the United States as well as in Europe and Asia. The 21st Century Truck Partnership (21CTP), a cooperative research and development (R&D) partnership formed by four federal agencies with 15 industrial partners, was launched in the year 2000 with high hopes that it would dramatically advance the technologies used in trucks and buses, yielding a cleaner, safer, more efficient generation of vehicles. This report examines and comments on the overall adequacy and balance of the 21CTP. The book reviews how well the program has accomplished its goals, evaluates progress in the program, and makes recommendations to improve the likelihood of the Partnership meeting its goals. Key recommendations of the book include that the 21CTP should be continued, but the future program should be revised and better balanced. A clearer goal setting strategy should be developed, and the goals should be clearly stated in measurable engineering terms and reviewed periodically so as to be based on the available funds.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 130p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01144860
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780309122085
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 17 2009 2:12PM