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The Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) has issued a Notice of Intent (No. DE-FOA-0001447) to make interested parties aware of its plan to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement entitled “Advanced Systems Level Technology Development, Integration and Demonstration for Efficient Class 8 Trucks (SuperTruck II).” The information contained in the notice is subject to change.
As this is only a notice of intent, applications and questions are not currently being accepted for this FOA. Prospective applicants to the FOA should begin developing partnerships, formulating ideas, and gathering data in anticipation of the issuance of this FOA. It is anticipated that this FOA will be posted to the EERE Exchange website in the March 2016 timeframe.
The SuperTruck initiative focuses on reducing transportation fuel consumption by improving on-road heavy truck fuel economy. The objective of the planned FOA is to research, develop, and demonstrate a Class 8 long-haul or regional haul truck that uses conventional fuels, can meet prevailing emission standards and applicable safety and regulatory requirements, and can achieve the following goals:
- A greater than 100% improvement in vehicle freight efficiency (on a ton-mile-per-gallon basis) relative to a 2009 baseline. To ensure high-impact and additionality, applicants must propose a maximum freight efficiency target greater than 100% and describe the approach and technologies they will use to meet that target.
- A greater than or equal to 55% engine brake thermal efficiency demonstrated in an operational engine at a 65-mph cruise point on a dynamometer.
In addition, SuperTruck II places greater emphasis on technology suites that can be more cost effective for end users to purchase and operate than SuperTruck I. VTO's specific focus is on technologies (or systems of technologies) with realistic potential for cost-effectiveness as expressed in terms of a simple payback (years to recoup initial investment through fuel cost savings). VTO will deem shorter payback periods more cost-effective than longer periods.
Prospective applicants are encouraged to review the full NOI posted to EERE Exchange to learn about steps that can be taken to prepare for applying to the potential FOA. Information is also available on Grants.gov.