August 16, 2016
BARBARA A. MIKULSKI
MIKULSKI ANNOUNCES VOLVO`S CONTINUED PARTICIPATION IN
SUPERTRUCK II PROGRAM, WHICH SUPPORTS 1,500 JOBS IN HAGERSTOWN
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For Immediate Release
Mikulski Announces Volvo`s Continued Participation In Supertruck Ii Program, Which Supports 1,500 Jobs In Hagerstown
August 16, 2016
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected Volvo Technology of America as one of four participants in the SuperTruck II program. As Vice Chairwoman of the Committee, Senator Mikulski has fought for investments in the SuperTruck program and other energy innovations that increase security and job opportunities for Marylanders and Americans.
``I`ve always said a country that doesn`t make something can`t make something of itself,`` Senator Mikulski said. ``Through this public-private partnership creating the next generation of fuel efficient heavy-duty trucks, we are supporting jobs today while creating technology for the jobs and markets of tomorrow. I will continue to fight for smart funding to make Maryland a hub of research and new technology support jobs, jobs, jobs.``
Senator Mikulski provided $20 million for the SuperTruck II program in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 (P.L. 114- 113), which included a requirement that DOE award four multi-year grants. Senator Mikulski provided a second installment of $20 million in the Senate`s fiscal year 2017 funding legislation for DOE, which passed the Senate on May 12, 2016.
The SuperTruck II program is the second phase of a research partnership between DOE and commercial truck manufacturers that are developing the next generation of fuel efficient commercial trucks. In June 2011, under the first phase of the program, DOE awarded Volvo a $19 million five-year Super Truck I contract. Under the contract, the Volvo Mack facility in Hagerstown has received $8.2 million for engine and transmission research and development. Volvo matches this money 100 percent. This project supports 1,500 jobs.
In September 2014, Senator Mikulski met with Volvo and UAW leadership at Volvo Group Trucks. She then toured the 1.5 million square foot laboratory and manufacturing facility to see investment projects underway and get a first-hand look at the work being conducted to support the SuperTruck Program by Hagerstown employees.
Commercial tractor-trailer trucks haul 70 percent of all freight tonnage and as much as 80 percent of total goods transported. And although commercial trucks only make up four percent of vehicles on the road, they use 25 percent of the fuel. SuperTruck`s objective is to improve freight efficiency by 50 percent. Engine research and development at Hagerstown through SuperTruck I will account for 20 percent of the improvement while vehicle design and materials will account for the remaining 30 percent. SuperTruck`s technologies will reduce oil consumption and decrease greenhouse gas emissions.
On Wednesday, September 25, 2014, U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) toured Volvo Group Trucks in Hagerstown. She is pictured here with the Powertrain R&D team and other members of Volvo staff.