Senior transportation design students were challenged to design the next generation Class 8 truck that addressed fuel efficiency, sustainability/recycling, aerodynamics, weight and the life expectancy of the vehicle. Students worked with a strict, realistic package and looked at specifics including hybrid power, integrated solar panels, highway safety, driver comfort and safety, and serviceability. The multiphase design program included extensive research and on‐site visits with suppliers. Students also developed digital models and physical scale exterior models of their concepts with valuable input from Meritor, along with engineering designers at Navistar International Corporation. The student models were displayed at the Mid‐America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky.

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