At the Mid American Truck Show Daimler Trucks brand Freightliner shows a prototype of a streamlined tractor. The prototype is the result of a five year project together with the American enviromental autohorities.
Under the bonnet the 11 litre Detroit engine is featured with a heat recovery system that uses this energy and feeds it back to the driveline. The Freightliner is a hybrid vehicle which is connected to a trailer with solar panels on the roof. Freightliner says this is only a study but parts will be esxpected in the upcoming Freightliner truck generations.
The design is very sharp and looks realistic in a strange modern, but classic American way. The interior of the truck resembles the European projects the design departement of Daimler was working it. The white, modern design must be quite a shock for the American truckers.