President Obama Praises Cummins-Peterbilt SuperTruck

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President Barack Obama praised the Cummins-Peterbilt “SuperTruck” in calling for development of the next phase of national fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emission standards for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles in the United States.

“Thanks to a partnership between industry and my administration, the truck behind me was able to achieve a 75 percent improvement in fuel economy,” Obama said, pointing to the Cummins-Peterbilt concept tractor-trailer that was part of the backdrop for his announcement.

“Seventy-five percent! That’s why they call this the SuperTruck,” he added at the announcement in suburban Washington, D.C. “It’s impressive. This one (truck), right here.”

The president said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will develop a proposal for the next round of national greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency requirements. The new standards will build on the first phase that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2014 through the 2018 model year. He called for the next phase of regulations by March, 2016.

The Cummins-Peterbilt SuperTruck, pictured here, achieved 10.7 mpg under real-world driving conditions.
The Cummins-Peterbilt SuperTruck, pictured here, achieved 10.7 mpg under real-world driving conditions.


The Cummins-Peterbilt “SuperTruck,” which is testing a number of cutting-edge technologies, achieved 10.7 miles per gallon under real world conditions last month in Texas. Long-haul trucks today typically get around 5.5 to 6.5 mpg.

The SuperTruck program is part of a public-private partnership sponsored by the Department of Energy to spur innovation in the transportation industry. To learn more about the Cummins-Peterbilt truck and the SuperTruck initiative, click here.

In response to the president’s announcement Cummins today said it supports development of the next phase of national fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emission standards in the United States.

“Cummins supports standards that deliver environmental benefits and help our customers in the form of increased fuel efficiency and cost savings,” said Rich Freeland, Cummins Vice President and President, Engine Business. “The first phase of these regulations provides a strong foundation that recognizes the needs of business while offering clear direction to create innovative technologies.

“With the announcement today, it is clear that the government will again take a collaborative approach,” Freeland added. “We look forward to working with regulators, our customers and others on the next phase of standards that will lead to even greater reductions in greenhouse gases and fuel consumption.”

The EPA and NHTSA worked together on the first phase of standards after extensive input from Cummins and other leaders in the medium- and heavy-duty truck market. Cummins is a member of the Heavy-Duty Fuel Efficiency Leadership Group, an informal coalition of major trucking fleets and technology providers, which has also pledged to work with federal agencies on the next phase of greenhouse gas emissions and fuel efficiency regulations.

Cummins has been an industry leader in engine innovations to help its customers meet critical environmental regulations while providing them with the power they need to succeed.

The Company spends millions of dollars annually researching and developing technologies to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. On-highway engines today in the United States emit 99 percent less particulate matter and nitrogen oxides than 30 years ago. Cummins’ ISX15 engine was the first to receive certification for the EPA’s greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency rules that went into effect in 2014.

Cummins is the only independent engine manufacturer with the in-house capability to produce all major engine systems. The Company’s experience with making components work together has established Cummins as the industry leader in systems integration.



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  • roop rashi says:
    February 20, 2014 at 9:17 pm Reply

    The effort should be made to improve technology on fuel efficiency and also make it cheaper.
    the collaborative effort of the regulator, government and industry is a good model to follow in the interest to support as well as enhance the quality of life on earth.

  • ethan says:
    February 26, 2014 at 2:51 pm Reply

    glade to see him praising a diesel rather than pushing it to the curb mabey he will come down on diesel prices a little.!

  • Edison Espana says:
    March 2, 2014 at 6:10 pm Reply

    very good engine strong,low maitenance………..

  • antónio M. A. Nunes says:
    March 6, 2014 at 3:41 pm Reply

    No mundo actual, onde o efeito estufa è uma preocupação global, ainda bem que há quem alguém que se preocupa com o meio ambiente. A CUMMINS pioneira na inovação tecnológica de motores diesel, está de parabéns por mais este grande avanço. Estou certo que irá ter sucesso, por contribuir para um mundo melhor

  • Bruno says:
    March 27, 2014 at 10:45 pm Reply

    Amazing, Cummins is the power of the innovation, I’m brazilian and I feel so respectable for work in this company.

  • Osita Ogbonnaya says:
    April 1, 2014 at 7:07 pm Reply

    What a landmark, Cummins should also consider partnering developing countries in providing quality power to ignite the economy like Nigeria!

  • Mohammad Akram Hussain says:
    May 11, 2014 at 3:30 am Reply

    Fantastic development. I am proud of Cummins ins.My son is a part of this achievement who is an Electronic Engineer(software engineer) in Cummins.He is working in Columbus ,Indiana.


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