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. Working together gives the best chance of success. Over the long-term, it is significant to note that much of the energy-consuming infrastructure of the 21st century, including its future truck fleets, has yet to be built, and therefore, will benefit from the results of this work.

The Clean Energy Research Center – Truck Research Utilizing Collaborative Knowledge Consortium (CERC-TRUCK) brings together academia, national laboratories, and industry into a consortium of exceptional intellectual strength and expertise in key engineering disciplines. The U.S.-China teams focus on maximizing collaborative efforts and leveraging the respective strengths of the research partners in order to both accelerate invention and commercial success through close ties with industry partners in both countries. CERC-TRUCK aims to be the leading U.S.-China effort in the commercial vehicle arena by performing both long-range transformational and translational research to bring discoveries and technologies to market. Successful demonstration of the proposed technologies will involve strategic partners from industry in the United States and China, including leading original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), suppliers, and innovation companies, with an overarching goal of demonstrating a 50% freight efficiency improvement over a 2016 baseline.

The CERC-TRUCK Consortium’s research areas include: