Class 8 Tractor Trailer Platooning: Effects, Impacts, and Improvements

Michael Lammert, Jeffrey Gonder, Kenneth Kelly, Kambiz Salari, Jason Ortega

Research output: NRELPoster


This poster provides information about NREL's evaluation of the fuel savings potential of semi-automated truck platooning. Platooning involves reducing aerodynamic drag by grouping vehicles together and decreasing the distance between them through the use of electronic coupling, which allows multiple vehicles to accelerate or brake simultaneously. The U.S. Department of Energy's interest in platooning stems from the opportunity to reduce petroleum consumption. This work addresses the need for data and analysis on what aspects of operation can impact platooning savings and what can be done to maximize the savings realized.
Original languageAmerican English
StatePublished - 2016

Publication series

NamePresented at the Automated Vehicle Symposium, 19-21 July 2016, San Francisco, California

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PO-5400-66766


  • fuel savings
  • reduce aerodynamic drag
  • semi-automated truck platooning


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