Daimler Trucks North America and Toray Carbon Fibers America Partner on Revolution Innovation Truck
Louisville, Ky. – March 21, 2012 – Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) collaborated with Toray Carbon Fibers America to build the Freightliner Revolution Innovation Truck concept vehicle with special carbon fibers for exterior components. The Revolution Innovation Truck was unveiled at the 2012 Mid-America Trucking Show.
Toray supplied carbon fiber pre-preg material that was used in the construction of the Revolution’s hood, roof cap, side walls and back wall, marking the first time this material has been used in heavy-duty truck construction. A special sandwich structure of low density honeycomb material and carbon fiber resulted in extremely lightweight components, which also simplified the truck’s inner support structure and maximized interior space. This resulted in significantly more interior space and functionality than a day cab, while weighing less than a sleeper.
“One of our main priorities in developing the Revolution Innovation Truck was to showcase how we can help customers reduce weight to increase payload, enhance fuel economy and optimize overall performance,” said Justin Yee, manager of vehicle concepts for Daimler Trucks North America. “The unique use of carbon fibers in the truck’s structure is just one of the many forward-thinking strategies we employed to create this ground-breaking concept vehicle.”
Carbon fiber’s strength-to-weight ratio makes it an ideal material for weight reduction. DTNA’s parent company, Daimler AG, has partnered with Toray to use this innovative solution in its automotive vehicles.
Daimler Trucks North America LLC, headquartered in Portland, OR, is the leading medium- and heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets Class 4-8 vehicles under the Freightliner, Western Star and Thomas Built Buses nameplates. Daimler Trucks North America is a Daimler company.