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New Report Looks at Fuel Economy for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles

heavy duty trucksArgonne researcher Aymeric Rousseau was part of a National Academy of Science (NAS) committee established to make recommendations on improving and regulating fuel consumption for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.

On March 31, the committee issued a report that evaluates various technologies and methods that could improve the fuel economy of these vehicles.

As a system analysis engineer at Argonne’s Center for Transportation Research, Rousseau contributed his expertise on vehicle modeling and simulation to the committee, which was comprised of 19 members from industry, research organizations and academia.

Rousseau, who leads the development of Argonne’s PSAT and Autonomie software tools, helped the committee determine how modeling and simulation tools can be used to:

  • Evaluate the fuel consumption of advanced vehicle technologies, and
  • Support future regulatory options.

The committee was formed in response to 2007 legislation that required the U.S. Department of Transportation to establish fuel economy standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles for the first time in history. The NAS group was tasked with recommending the best ways to measure and regulate fuel consumption for these types of vehicles, and to assess technologies that could lead to improvements in fuel consumption.


April 2010

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