Review of the 21st Century Truck Partnership

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National Academies Press, Oct 3, 2008 - Transportation - 113 pages
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The 21st Century Truck Partnership (21CTP), a cooperative research and development 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.

Review of the 21st Century Truck Partnership critically 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.
  

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Contents

4 HEAVYDUTY HYBRID VEHICLES
27
5 PARASITIC LOSSES OF ENERGY
41
6 ENGINE IDLE REDUCTION
53
7 SAFETY OF HEAVY VEHICLES
58
A Biographical Sketches of Committee Members
68
B Presentations and Committee Meetings
74
C RD Funding Trends of the FreedomCAR and Vehicle Technologies Program
76
D Vehicle Emission Regulations
78
E Acronyms and Abbreviations
83
F State of the Art in LightDuty Electric Vehicles
85
G Members of the 21st Century Truck Partnership
87

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