What is the CERC Truck Research Utilizing Collaborative Knowledge Consortium?
In November 2009, the United States and China established the bilateral Clean Energy Research Center (CERC), the primary purpose of which is to facilitate joint research and development on clean energy technology by teams of scientists and engineers from both countries.
As the world’s top energy consumers, energy producers and greenhouse gas emitters, the United States and China will play leading roles in the world’s transition to a clean energy economy in the years ahead. Medium- and heavy-duty truck transport systems account for a large share of petroleum-based fuel consumption in both countries. With the Chinese and the U.S. markets representing the two biggest markets for commercial vehicles in the world, one country alone cannot achieve global goals for the reduction of petroleum consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
The CERC Truck Research Utilizing Collaborative Knowledge Consortium (TRUCK) will:
- Contribute to dramatic improvements in technologies with the potential to reduce dependence of commercial trucks on oil and reduce GHG emissions,
- Build a foundation of knowledge, technologies, human capabilities, and relationships in mutually beneficial areas that will position the United States and China for a future with highly efficient clean commercial trucks that have very low environmental impacts,
- Leverage the complementary strengths of each country’s intellectual and research capacities, and
- Accelerate the advancement of technologies for clean trucks through joint research and development.