LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Wabash National showed off its state-of-the-art Super Truck Wednesday afternoon.
The U.S. Department of Energy granted $200 million toward the construction of a more fuel efficient semitractor-trailer.
Three years ago, Wabash National partnered with Navistar and other companies to create the Super Truck. The average semi gets 6 miles per gallon of diesel and the Super Truck gets over 13 miles per gallon.
Wabash National President and COO Brent Yeagy hopes to see more of this type of technology in upcoming years.
“We think it’s a great highlight of what we have the ability of providing within the industry that we serve. We think it matches our position as the innovative leader within our industry, and it’s something that we feel that we will see more and more on our highways over the next several years,” he said.
Yeagy said this is a great opportunity for Wabash to help the environment.
“It’s great for the community to know that Wabash National here in the Lafayette community is doing really great things that have not only a national impact but maybe, at some point, a global impact,” said Yeagy.
The Super Truck, also known as a micro-hybrid, uses solar energy and other technology that recycles kinetic energy to aid in powering the truck.