Freightliner is stealing the spotlight at this week's Mid-America Trucking Show in Kentucky with a new truck concept. The Revolution Innovation is aimed squarely at reimagining the face commercial trucking. With innovations like a more aerodynamic body, cold-rolled aluminum frame that's 200 pounds lighter than its steel equivalent, low-slung engine placement and an intelligent rear axle that can automatically switch between four and six-wheel drive as needed, the concept is more fuel efficient while retaining plenty of functionality.

Designers looked at how most drivers use their rigs, and determined that most of the time, there's only one occupant in the cab. To that end, they scrapped the passenger door in favor of a more efficient work station and a rest area. There's even an innovative rear door between the cab and trailer. A new gauge cluster and cell-connected center console both add extra layers of functionality as well.

Outside, clever use of LED lighting and low-drag cameras replace traditional design elements. Despite its concept looks, the Revolution Innovation is a fully operational truck. Hit the jump to check out the full video for yourself and peruse the gallery for more.



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      gork
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow....kick ass design and the interior is awesome.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @gork
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      KC
      • 2 Years Ago
      I see the new Optimus Prime.
        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @KC
        Except he's always been played by a Mack...
          mikey
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          and wait...even in the Bay movies (I had to look it up, but I was _sure_ it wasn't remotely a Mack) Prime is a Pete 379. what dimension are you getting your info from? someone should stop tickling you while you post.
          mikey
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Except not, since he's been a Freightliner COE since the 80's. Do you really take the Michael Bay stuff over the original?
      fred schumacher
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well, it's a start, but there's a long way to go to for a real revolution in truck design. 1. A very high percentage of freight moves by shipping container, which is a structural beam within itself to carry its entire load off the four corners. A shipping container doesn't need to sit on a trailer to be supported. If the container is the trailer, with a trailing dolly grappled to the rear of the trailer, the height of the whole unit could be dropped by three feet and reduce frontal area by 25 square feet. Hydraulics could lift the trailer to dock height. 2. A system of electrified double-speed freight rail transport on unidirectional track with no grade crossings and strict train to train traffic control could replace a large chunk of cross-country truck traffic. These would be short, 20-unit, trains with truck drivers retrained to be railway engineers. This system would have the added benefit of allowing engineers to sleep at home instead of being on the road. Trucks would handle the distributive role. 3. Going to a serial hybrid system, with the battery acting as a buffering unit to fill instantaneous short duration high power requirement while the engine runs at constant speed could allow a switch to marine type very long stroke, low speed engines which can reach 50% or higher efficiency. An added benefit is energy recovery, which would greatly increase efficiency in start-stop driving. 4. Development of reliable, weather resistant hub motors would allow all wheels to be drivers, including the trailer and reduce driveline complexity and weight. Having a shipping container be its own trailer means that the running gear for the trailer stays with the tractor reducing cost of each trailer having its own axles and tires.
      WillieD
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would like to know what the increase in efficiency is on this compared to current trucks.
      Jason Allen
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think it looks like a stormtrooper, on guard, just waiting for Vader to show himself!
      expensivehobby22
      • 2 Years Ago
      I didn't personally work on this project, but it makes me proud to see the company I work for pushing the boundaries of the trucking industry.
      mbmorrow4
      • 2 Years Ago
      Really cool. It reminds me of the '53 Ford 600 COE.
      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can we please have those side mirror camera thingies in cars and SUVs as well?
      Charlie Jorgenson
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like someone finally hired a designer with a firm grasp of aerodynamics....
        mark and connie
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Charlie Jorgenson
        It also reminds me of trucks from th 50's in a way. a very good way. Nicely mixed with 2000"s aero dynamics..
      johnb
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dare I say this thing is Sexy? Wow!!!
      AJ
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like the lack of chrome.
      RodRAEG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Now if only someone would design a trailer with a conical-shape rear to reduce the low-pressure region behind the truck.
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