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TMC IR 2015-3, Exploring the Potential for 48-Volt Commercial Vehicle Electrical Systems

Forty-eight volt electrical systems represent a great potential to save fuel and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Idle stop-start technology can help save fuel while the vehicle is motionless, and torque assist can also be supplied to the engine for launch and low-speed momentary acceleration. Increased energy storage and recapture of brake energy is also possible through 48-volt electrical/electronic (E/E) technology, further improving on overall efficiency. In addition, there are other possibilities with the use of a 48-volt supply that would not be possible with a 12-volt battery in in a commercial motor vehicle (CMV), such as electronically controlled air-conditioning (A/C) compressors and fully electric power steering.

December 17, 2015

TMC IR 2015-2, Automated Driving & Platooning: Issues & Opportunities

This Information Report is published by ATA’s Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) and examines the intensive activity in the development and introduction of Automated Vehicles (AVs) and identifies potential issues and opportunities for the trucking industry. Downloadable PDF only. $19.95 TMC/ATA members; $29.95 non-members.

December 16, 2015

TMC's Future Truck Initiative eBook

You are invited to download our TMC's FUTURE TRUCK INITIATIVE eBOOK, which details ATA's Technology & Maintenance Council's (TMC) present projections on the future of trucking technology and business practices. These insights represent the consensus on what direction truck technology should take in the coming decades. The eBook was discussed during the MCE 2015 educational session entitled, “Visions and Opportunities in Truck Transportation," held Tuesday, October 20th.

October 20, 2015